Corinthian and Pembroke both put together strong comebacks to advance to the last four of the Mills Cup last Sunday, seeing off Portrane and Kilkenny respectively.
For the reds, it was their fourth game in a week and came off the back of a lengthy road-trip to UCC a day earlier. Portrane, meanwhile, were keen to push them much harder than their 11-1 league result.
And the Fingal side burst out of the blocks, building a 2-0 lead at half-time. Corinthian fought back with three goals in a 12 minute spell in the second half before Portrane levelled but Ian Stewart won it with the last goal of a 4-3 result.
Corinthian await the winner of YMCA and Glenanne in the next round of the competition.
Kilkenny gave Pembroke a massive scare as goals from Evin and David McClure put them into a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes to go.
The Ballsbridge side, however, are the comeback kings this season and they netted five times in the closing stages for a 6-2 win. Keith O’Hare scored a corner and a stroke, while Mattie Treacy, Scott Sullivan, Patrick Shanahan and Stephen Sweetnam also weighed in.
Three Rock’s passage to the final four against Pembroke was far simpler as they won 9-0 against Clontarf.
In Leinster Division One, UCD extended their unbeaten run with a sixth win out of seven to date on Tuesday evening with a 3-0 win over Rathgar. Andrew Tutty and Peter Lynch had the student two up at half-time and Ziggy Agnew completed the victory.
On Thursday, Railway made it three wins in a row in the league with a 3-0 win at Trinity. Andy McGregor opened the scoring following a double save from Michael Herlihy in the eighth minute.
Michael McKenzie slotted home the second and Richard Forrest continued his goalscoring form from the top of the D on the turn, firing in just before the half-time whistle.
They move into second ahead of Corinthian who have a game in hand. Importantly, the top three have now moved six points clear of the chasers, looking set to contest for the title and for the EYHL2 qualification places.
Saturday sees four more league ties on the agenda with the big one featuring UCD and Corinthian at Belfield. Bottom two Avoca and Dublin North meet at Newpark, Portrane host Clontarf and Rathgar take on Kilkenny in the jockeying in mid-table.
Mills Cup quarter-finals: Kilkenny 2 (D McClure, E McClure) Pembroke 6 (K O’Hare 2, S Sullivan, M Treacy, S Sweetnam, P Shanahan); Portrane 3 (C Neville 2, I Khan) Corinthian 4 (D Howard, I Stewart, G Dagg, D Treacy); Three Rock Rovers 9 (A Empey 2, M English 2, B Walker 2, E Jennings, R Nair, R Canning) Clontarf 0
Men’s Leinster Division One
Tuesday: UCD 3 (A Tutty, P Lynch, Z de Boe Agnew) Rathgar 0
Thursday: Dublin University 0 Railway Union 3 (A McGregor, M McKenzie, R Forrest)
Saturday: Avoca v Dublin North, 12.30pm, Newpark; Portrane v Clontarf, 1.30pm, Donabate LC; Rathgar v Kilkenny, 2.30pm, The High School; UCD v Corinthian, 1pm Belfield