The Neville Cup will see a couple of novel semi-final match-ups as the new registrations rules have served up plenty of opportunity for Leinster Division One sides as EYHL sides tumbled out on Sunday.
— The Hook (@hookhockey) November 5, 2018
For this term, players must be eligible to play in Leinster’s Division 1 to 7, leaving the top 13 registered players for EYHL clubs ineligible for the competition.
Kilkenny knocked Glenanne out with a 6-4 win with David McClure scoring a hat trick, one a particular peach as he weaved in and out of the last two defenders before chipping over James Murtagh.
The cats will face reigning champions Three Rock Rovers next who won 3-2 against Monkstown with a late winner.
Alan O’Malley nabbed a 5-4 win for Clontarf against YMCA. They led four times overall, taking a 1-0 lead through Robert Forrest, 2-1 via Timmy Cullen and 3-2 thanks to Jack Sheahan before YM took the initiative at 4-3 with a double from Andrew Jones.Luke Hayden levelled from a well-worked penalty corner at 4-4 before O’Malley got the winner when a free just outside the circle led to a first-time strike and rebound which he rifled, first-time, into the top corner.
They go through to play Corinthian in the next round who proved too strong for Avoca – reinstated after Pembroke fell foul of the new rules – with Davy Howard scoring two in a 3-0 win. The reds are hoping to reach their first final since 2014.
In Leinster Division One, Dublin University got their points of the season at the fourth attempt when they won a nine-goal classic derby. Shane Dempsey got a hat trick for the NSC side while Trinity got a trio of corners through Samuel Boggio, Greg Arrowsmith and Tom Cole while Patrick Temperley netted a stroke and one from play in their 5-4 success.
Men’s Leinster Division One: Dublin North 4 (S Dempsey 3, L Metcalfe) Dublin University 5 (P Temperley 2, S Boggio, G Arrowsmith, T Cole)
Neville Cup, quarter-finals: Three Rock Rovers 3 (C Adair, P Blakeney, K Mullins) Monkstown 2 (N Dee, R Merchant); Corinthian 3 (D Howard 2, A Blennerhassett) Avoca 0; Kilkenny 6 (D McClure 3, E Hughes, H McDonnell, E Dore) Glenanne 4 (J Rogan 3, C Kennedy); Clontarf 5 (R Forrest, T Cullen, J Sheahan, L Hayden, A O’Malley) YMCA 4 (A Jones 2, B O’Grady, W Armstrong)
Semi-final draw: Kilkenny v Three Rock Rovers; Corinthian v Clontarf