The four sides for the EYHL2 semi-finalists were confirmed as Railway Union, UCD, Corinthian and Instonians all made it through with a game to spare with the final round being solely to decide who plays who.
Railway punched their ticket when they saw off Bangor 2-1 at Park Avenue as Eoin MacArthur’s penalty corner rebound in the 17th minute and a direct strike from Adam O’Callaghan put them two up. Chris Barnes’ penalty stroke made it interesting in the closing quarter but Railway got the four points to put them in the clear.
UCD beat Bandon 5-2 to sit top of Pool A. After a scoreless first quarter, Andrew Tutty set about building his hat trick, netting once alongside John Guilfoyle to counter Ali Smith’s goal.
Tutty and Iain Styles extended the lead to 4-1 by the end of the third period and Tutty completed his triple in the last phase with David Smith getting the Bandon reply.
In Pool B, Davy Howard scored a final quarter switch-flick to earn Corinthian a 1-1 draw at Shaw’s Bridge against Instonians. Earlier, William Robinson had whipped home from a set piece for an Inst side who only needed a point to go through.
It earned Inst the points they needed to be uncatchable by Kilkeel. The Mourne side were 2-0 down against UCC inside seven minutes to a pair of Eoin Finnegan goals and Sam Grace’s goal made it 3-1 at half-time.
Kilkeel fought back via goals from Eddie Agnew, David Finlay and a 61st minute winner from Jonathan Aiken for a 4-3 success.
In Leinster Division One, Clontarf backed up their win over UCD with a 2-1 success against Dublin North. Both their goals came in the first half with Sean Harper and Alan O’Malley scoring.
North controlled the game in the second half and got one back via a Shane Dempsey stroke and two or three more good chances but just could not get that goal.
Portrane got a good point away from home as Sean Graham’s goal earned them a tie at Santry Avenue against Dublin University. The students scored very late in the first half via Eric Prehn but Portrane – with Chris Neville and the tireless Graham worked well together. They won their first corner in a number of games which was excellent worked to Graham to finish off.
In Kilkenny, Avoca went goal crazy in the second half as they transformed a 2-1 half-time scoreline into an 8-1 result.
EYHL2 – day five results
Pool 1: Railway Union 2 (E MacArthur, A O’Callaghan) Bangor 1 (C Barnes); UCD 5 (A Tutty 3, I Styles, J Guilfoyle) Bandon 2 (A Smith, D Smith)
Pool 2: Instonians 1 (W Robinson) Corinthian 1 (D Howard); Kilkeel 4 (M Pobloth, E Agnew, D Finlay, J Aiken) UCC 3 (E Finnegan 2, S Grace)
Leinster Division 1: Dublin North 1 (S Dempsey) Clontarf 2 (S Harper, A O’Malley); Dublin University 1 (E Prehn) Portrane 1 (S Graham); Kilkenny 1 (J Feeley) Avoca 8 (J Elmes 2, E Rankin 2, O O’Sullivan, R Meagher, R Nolan, J Cummins)
Good performance yesterday from @PortraneHockey 1st XI, in an exciting 1-1 draw with @DUHCMens 1st XI in Santry. Top performances from everyone but Chris Neville was outstanding and Sean Graham never stopped running and fully deserved his goal. @hookhockey pic.twitter.com/TMEhgyjVaq
— Portrane Hockey (@PortraneHockey) March 10, 2019