Mens Division 1
Its fight or flight time for Weston and UCD as a virtual relegation decider plays out at Belfield on Saturday as both sides seek their first win of difficult campaigns.
YM’s hopes of ending their wait for a men’s division one crown took a blow at Alexandra College tonight as Three Rock took a point, continuing their decent form of late.
Pembroke’s league hopes took a big blow in Rathdown as an understrength Monkstown got second half goals to convert a scoreless first half into victory for the second week running.
Glenanne showed their ability to grind out a result as they twice came from behind to get the better of Three Rock; Corinthian strengthened their position but Rovers surprised Monkstown to get back into IHL contention
Wednesday’s Mills Cup victory for Monkstown added another justification to the cup specialist’s tag as they have two cup finals to look forward to in their bid to finally get back amongst the senior silverware.
YMCA and Glenanne overtake Pembroke with comfortable wins while Corinthian and Three Rock made their move in the IHL race. Elsewhere, the Glens are into the Mills Cup final while Kilkenny are into the IHC semis
Railway Union’s IHL credentials will be put through another vital trial in men’s division one as Three Rock Rovers come to visit on Saturday afternoon.
Corner goals in the first and last five minutes at Griffeen Valley Park handed Monkstown a first league win since November as closed the gap on the leading trio with victory over Weston.
The title race stepped up a notch on Tuesday night as Pembroke broke YMCA’s unbeaten run from one of the highest quality games of the season to date while Glenanne’s early blitz downed Railway Union
Fingal survived a second half onslaught to record their second league win of the season on Sunday afternoon to move within striking distance of the IHL places, denting Corinthian’s hopes in the process. Also, the IHT and IHC draws were also made on Sunday
After six Sundays of group matches, the National Indoor Trophy reaches its second finals weekend in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght with 12 sides fighting it out for the men’s and women’s honours.
Groundhog day for UCD who fell to Pembroke 8-2 for the second Tuesday running, again going in at the break in the mix only to be swept away in the second half.
Corner goals from David Bane and Chris Neville saw Fingal bounce back from a two-goal deficit to register yet another 2-2 draw though the result does neither club much favours in their pursuit of an IHL place.
With just a bonus-point win covering first and last, the third series of games in Pool A of the men’s Irish Hockey League has the potential to split the group in two as the current top three attempt to ditch the lower trio.
Seven second half goals saw Pembroke move back to within three points of top spot at Serpentine Avenue as they blew away a UCD side who initially threatened an upset.
Draw-masters Railway clocked up yet another 2-2 tie, again scoring the last goal of the game to keep their place in the top in the men’s division one rankings as Peter English’s drag-flick grabbed a point against Corinthian
With Leinster and Ulster’s current table-toppers colliding in Milltown, where the provincial balance of power on the club scene lies will be put to the test for the first time this season in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup
Glenanne moved back to within striking distance at the top of men’s division one with a comfortable win at St Mark’s on Monday night, running up a 4-0 win with Eddie O’Malley scoring a brace against Weston
Jonathan Bruton’s first half hat-trick powered YMCA into a five-point lead at the top of division one over Glenanne, slowing Railway Union’s drive for an IHL place.
Men’s division one takes a back seat this weekend with just two back matches being played as the focus switches to the Irish Junior Cup and the Irish Hockey Trophy this weekend