Mens Division 1
The Leinster Ladies Hockey Union and the men’s Leinster Branch of the Irish Hockey Association yesterday took the early decision to call off all fixtures under their jurisdiction for Saturday and Sunday.
The cancelations continue this week with tonight’s women’s division one re-fixture between Glenanne and Railway Union called off due to the continuing snow cover around Dublin.
Overnight snow and the subsequent hazardous driving conditions have caused widespread cancelations to the domestic and national fixture schedule.
Round three for YMCA and Monkstown as the pretenders to the Pembroke/Glenanne winner’s enclosure is the centrepiece for the men’s division one action, coming just six days after their last battle.
Pembroke strike four-star second half performance moves them into a tie for top spot as Monkstown also closed in. Weston got their first division one point with a tie in Griffeen Valley Park against UCD
It is make-or-break time for Weston and UCD as the table’s bottom pair face off on the Newcastle Road tomorrow in a vital tie in the relegation battle.
Mick O’Connor’s superb second half strike left YMCA and Pembroke with a share of the spoils on a dirty night at Milltown, ending the hosts 100pc start to the Leinster season
Glenanne picked off their most comfortable win of the season to date at Belfield to move back to the top of the Leinster division one table, playing their back match while their rivals were involved in the Irish Senior Cup.
If Corinthian and Lisnagarvey can come anywhere close to matching last season’s incredible 5-6 result in the IHL semi-finals, tomorrow’s ISC opener will be some spectacle.
Pembroke held Monkstown’s late charge at bay while Three Rock and Railway drew, seeing both drop a place in the standings. Corinthian claim their first win of the season while YMCA move top with another big win
Men’s division one and two previews: True credentials are likely to be revealed this weekend as the new-look Pembroke, Monkstown, YMCA and Railway Union all face formative Saturday afternoon ties.
YMCA’s 4-0 success over Three Rock means they are the only side left with a 100pc record as Glenanne drew 0-0 with Corinthian in Tallaght. Pembroke produced a comeback from 2-0 down while Railway and Monkstown also won
In an interview with the Irish Independent, Corinthian captain Andrew Sutton says the mood is still high in the reds’ camp despite Glenanne’s recent comeback from the dead in the IHL.
YMCA’s five-goal second half performance broke the will of a gutsy UCD performance, overturning an early deficit to move up to second place in the early season standings.
Joe Brennan netted three goals in five minutes to see Glenanne over the line in an 11-goal battle with Monkstown in the men’s division one. Elsewhere, there were draws at Whitechurch Park and Belfield while Fingal overturned a two-goal deficit in Weston.
Monkstown’s credentials will undergo severe scrutiny this weekend in Tallaght as they travel to face Glenanne in the Gerry McCabe Cup fixture between the sides occupying the top two rungs of the league. Elsewhere, there is men’s division two; women’s division one and girl’s interprovincial action in the province.
Weston club chairman Emmett Hutchin describes Saturday’s first ever division one home fixture against Fingal as “an extremely significant” occasion for the Lucan club after 63 years rising through the divisions to take their place at the top table
Monkstown and Glenanne top the table after two rounds of the men’s division one as they ousted Railway and Fingal but had it far from all their own way. Three Rock won the Rathfarnham derby while Pembroke beat Weston.
Inauspicious starts to the season add to the usual tension between Three Rock Rovers and Corinthian as the sides from either end of the Marlay Park look to break their seasonal duck at Grange Road on Saturday.
Glenanne and Monkstown need last-gasp strikes to down Pembroke and Three Rock with the odd goal in three in the Men’s Division One while Railway waltz to Fingal win and YM get the better of Weston