Greg Arrowsmith’s double sent Dublin University into the top half of Leinster men’s Division One to keep alive their outside hopes of reeling in the top three.
They beat Rathgar 4-2 in High School to move ahead of their opponent despite falling behind early on to a Steven Roberts goal. Arrowsmith’s powerful shot made it 1-1 at the half-time break.
The second half saw the tackles fly in and tempers fray as the hosts put on plenty of pressure but Trinity’s defence were resolute. And they somehow survived and then broke out to upset the pattern and turn the game their way.
Samuel Boggio initiated a great counter with a raking pass to Ben Arrowsmith whose aerial found Julian Foley who took one-touch to control before slotting home.
It broke Rathgar’s momentum and rhythm. With 12 minutes to go, Greg Arrowsmith won a corner which he swept home himself for 3-1. Daniel O’Donovan added a fourth before Stu Malcolm got a Gar consolation.
UCD returned to the head of the table on their own with another lively result, an 8-4 victory over Kilkenny. The cats led twice in the first half via Howard McDonnell and Eddie Dore and then again in the second half at 3-2 with Dore scoring his second.
The students got back to 3-3 via David Nolan’s first of a hat trick from the penalty spot and he put them ahead for the first time for 4-3.
Andrew Meates got the next two to assure the points before Nolan finished his treble and Andrew Keane and Sunil Charles exchanged late goals.
For coach Rudi Wortmann, he was happy enough to take the points as his side ease their way back into the swing of things: “It was a little bit of a slow start. We are only just coming back into it in the last few weeks and this will be our first full training week [since Christmas] with quite a few injuries.
“The guys did alright in the second week but it always takes a bit of time to get back into it.”
They lead the way in Leinster by three points as well as the EYHL2 Pool A, the key target for this campaign for the coach.
“We’ll see if we can keep it going. I am happy enough with how we are going and the guys are playing. We hope to get the guys back in the next two or three weeks. [With the fixture load] I am actually glad not to be in any of the cups anymore. It’s very important for us to get into the EYHL2 semi-final playoffs.”
On Sunday, Glenanne became the first side to reach the Mills Cup final, setting up a final date with either Pembroke or Three Rock Rovers who meet on Tuesday evening at Serpentine Avenue.
Cedric Jakobi’s glove-side drag and Eddie O’Malley’s lovely touch to Rowland Rixon-Fuller’s crash ball made it 2-0. Ian Stewart kept the reds interested at half-time but Glenanne pulled out to 4-1 before Josh Greaney got one back.
Corinthian had a decent number of chances in the closing quarter with Iain Walker making plenty of good stops but the Glens also missed their share of good chances with Euan Mackay shining.
They struggled to contain Shannon Boucher who was a real handful while Sam O’Connor and Jakobi’s solidity in defence and speed of outletting was a feature.
It provided a good test for the reds’ four schoolboys – Ross Howard, Hugo Burns, Greaney and MacKay – who put in a strong stint against the EYHL holders.
In Munster, Julian Dale’s hat trick extended Cork Harlequins’ perfect record to eight wins from eight in Division One with a spot in EYHL2 next season almost assured after a 5-0 win over Cork C of I, all the goals coming in the second half.
Waterford are up to second thanks to a 4-2 win at UCC with Bandon 5-3 winners over Catholic Institute to stay in with a shout with two games in hand.
Leinster Division 1: Rathgar 2 (S Roberts, S Malcolm) Dublin University 4 (G Arrowsmith 2, D O’Donovan, J Foley); UCD 8 (D Nolan 3, A Meates 2, H Spillane, A Keane, E Ramsay) Kilkenny 4 (E Dore 2, H McDonnell, S Charles)
Munster Division 1: Catholic Institute 3 Bandon 5 (K Smyth, A Smith, D Smith, I Sweetnam, A Beamish); Cork C of I B 0 Cork Harlequins 5 (J Dale 3, H Brophy, J Allen); UCC 2 (S Grace, E Finnegan) Waterford 4 (R Isaacs 2, B Johnson, I Johnson)
Mills Cup semi-finals
Sunday: Glenanne 4 (C Jakobi 2, E O’Malley, J Rogan) Corinthian 2 (I Stewart, J Greaney)
Tuesday: Pembroke v Three Rock Rovers, 8pm, Serpentine Avenue