Despite Pembroke and YMCA’s best efforts, Cookstown and Lisnagarvey scraped through to the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey League despite losing 3-2 respectively on Saturday in the last round of group matches
Pembroke’s date with Cookstown at the recently renamed Steelweld Park in Coolnafranky underpins who will take second place from Pool A in the men’s IHL; YM battle with Lisnagarvey in Pool B while the junior interpros come to Grange Road
Lee Cole’s late winner saw Monkstown land the first semi-final berth in Pool A as his side saw off Cookstown 2-1; the Co Tyrone side are almost there but Annadale could still pip them; Banbridge cruised through with Lisnagarvey likely to join them
Banbridge, Cookstown, Lisnagarvey and Monkstown all took huge steps towards the Irish Hockey League playoff places with a pair of wins each over the weekend to putting them well clear of the chasers in their respective pools.
YMCA and Monkstown were the two Leinster sides to get their men’s IHL campaigns up and running with wins on derby day as they got the better of Railway Union and Pembroke respectively; Glenanne came unstuck in Cork against C of I
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