Doubles from Sean Walsh and Martin Naughton saw Avoca come back from a goal down to complete a comprehensive game from a deceptively even game as their clinical edge contrasted with a student-style naivety from Rathgar.
Unbeaten in the Leinster league and intervarsities retained, UCD can well and truly announce themselves on the national stage on Saturday evening on the Malone Road as they travel to Belfast to play national champs Pegasus.
The third round of the Irish Hockey League often sees the split between contender and also-rans with back-to-back ties hastening the process. A busy weekend, Division one and two, the Neville Cup and Irish Trophy are also in action
Railway picked up a big 3-0 win over Hermes to take pole position in Leinster’s division one in a game brought forward as both sides had their IHL games postponed; Shane O’Donoghue powered UCD into the Neville Cup semis
Glenanne and Railway Union became the first sides to advance to the Neville Cup semi-finals with victories over Monkstown and Three Rock Rovers, respectively
On a bumper day of draws, clubs from all over the country found out their national fate as the initial rounds of the Irish Junior Cup, Irish Hockey Trophy and Irish Hockey Challenge competitions were decided.
Dublin’s student sides produced the performances of the round as both Trinity and UCD moved into the last 16 of the Irish Senior Cup while eight sides from Leinster remain standing in the competition
Ulster sides continued to assert their superiority over their Leinster brethren in the men’s Irish Senior Cup as Annadale rocked YMCA’s promising start to the season with a resounding 4-1 victory in the stand-out first round performance
With many of the big guns receiving byes to the second round of the ESB Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup, the majority of ties fall into the banana-skin category rather than that of classic battles.
A series of close run ties saw Glenanne come back from the dead against Clontarf while Pembroke, Corinthian and Monkstown started with wins; Portrane and Fingal were the big winners in the Neville Cup
Annadale and YMCA is the sole all-IHL tie to be drawn together in the men’s Irish Senior Cup first round which will be played on October 8; On the women’s side, all three provincial champions have picked up byes
Monkstown completed a fine season with a second cup title, adding the Neville Cup to the Mills Cup won on St Patrick’s Day, in a fixture postponed from last December due to the snow.
Monkstown created history last Sunday as they became the first club in 40 years to win the Avoca Cup for the third time in a row, triumphing 5-3 against Railway Union
Pegasus’ weight of experience saw the Ulster side claim their 14th Irish Senior Cup crown at Belfield yesterday, former internationals Suzanne Beaney and Arlene Boyles doing the damage as they beat Hermes 3-1
Many in the know already knew of the prodigious talents of Ian Sloan but the 17 year-old announced himself on the national stage at Belfield, playing a starring role for Cookstown in their 4-3 win over Monkstown in the men’s ISC final
Hermes and Pegasus will meet on Irish Senior Cup final day for the fourth time following their disposal of Ballymoney and UCD, respectively, at Belfield this afternoon.
Monkstown’s bid to end a 97-year wait for the Irish Senior Cup is still intact as they were the big winners on semi-final day, putting a subdued Banbridge to the sword at Belfield, setting up a final date with Cookstown
Monkstown, Leinster’s sole survivors, have once again proven the archetypal cup specialists, so much so that they are unbeaten in all three knock-out competitions they have contested this year.
Revenge will be on the mind of Ulster’s Pegasus and Ballymoney as they face Belfield regulars UCD and Hermes, respectively, in Saturday’s ESB Electric Irish Senior Cup semi-finals with places in Sunday’s final on offer.
Railway Union’s ladies seconds ended a run of three Irish Junior Cup final defeats to take the title for the first time since 1977 at Belfield on Saturday, overcoming Lisnagarvey II on penalty strokes.