Pembroke eventually saw off a stubborn Fingal to reach the final four of the Mills Cup, winning a shoot-out 3-0 after normal time had ended 1-1.
The Jacqui Potter Cup round of 16 ties largely followed the form book though the nature of the ties proved far closer than current league rankings on a day of many thrills; reports and round-up from Jack McCann
The competitive New Year for the Leinster calendar gets underway on Saturday with the Jacqui Potter Cup second round taking centre-stage with the potential for a few surprise results.
All the goals from Railway Union’s 4-3 win over Monkstown in the 2015 Neville Cup final at Serpentine Avenue
Mateuesz Nowakowski applied a suitably spectacular winning touch to earn Railway Union the first major silverware of the Leinster hockey season, crowning a wildly entertaining 4-3 Neville Cup final result at Serpentine Avenue.
Clontarf and Corinthian both confirmed their places in the top five of the Leinster league last weekend, keeping their hopes firmly alive of being involved in the EYHL playoffs later in the season.
Loreto and Ballymoney are the dangerous outliers in the women’s Irish Senior Cup quarter-final draw after they disposed of UCC and Muckross, respectively, on Saturday to be the two provincial league sides still standing.
Railway Union and YMCA made seismic waves in the Irish Senior Cup with the elimination of reigning champions Banbridge and higher-tiered Annadale, respectively, to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Loreto will look to eliminate a second EYHL side when they host UCC at Beaufort in what could potentially be a playoff game later this season, let alone one of the ties of the second round of the women’s Irish Senior Cup.
The difference between the top of the Leinster league and the bottom end of the EY Hockey League will be put into sharp relief on Saturday when YMCA make the trip up to Annadale in round two of the Irish Senior Cup.
Corinthian took a significant step toward confirming their place in the top half of men’s Leinster Division One in midweek when they got the better of YMCA 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
All eight EY Hockey League sides saw off provincial league opposition to advance to the second round of the men’s Irish Senior Cup on a day of over 90 goals across 13 matches in the world’s oldest club competition.
Loreto produced performance of the round to beat Pembroke 3-0 in the Irish Senior Cup, making them the only provincial side to eliminate national league opposition on a day of big scores.
Given the fine margins between Pembroke and Loreto last season in the race to qualify for the EYHL, their meeting in the Irish Senior Cup first round is the most hotly anticipated battle on Saturday.
In the week when Olympic qualification was assured after a 108-year wait, Hockey Ireland will hope the sport can capitalise on the marquee acheivement with an upsurge in interest in the sport. For the clubs, the first chance to provide a showcase for the game is Saturday’s opening round of the Irish Senior Cup
The draws for the men’s and women’s Irish Senior Cups were made today with enlarged fields with Clontarf, Weston and Dublin University returning to the men’s competition.
Clontarf claimed their first national title on Saturday as they landed the Irish Hockey Trophy title in hugely contentious circumstances ahead of Bandon at Belfield.
For long phases, there was little to choose between Cork C of I and Galway but a breathtaking 15 minute spell saw C of I transform 1-1 into 5-1 and ultimately the retention of the women’s Irish Hockey Trophy title.
A four-goal second half salvo saw Monkstown II retain the men’s Irish Junior Cup as they shook of the attentions of Three Rock Rovers II 6-2 in the last final of the weekend.
Pembroke came from a goal down to win the club’s ninth Irish Junior Cup crown as they got the better of Bandon at Belfield.