Irish club hockey endured mixed fortunes on the European front yesterday after a weekend to remember for women’s clubs Railway Union and UCD was contrasted with the travails of Cork Harlequins on the men’s side.
The double dream remains very much alive and kicking for Monkstown as a pair of rapid-fire second quarter goals propelled them to Sunday’s final as they saw off a strangely subdued Lisnagarvey; Banbridge comprehensively dismantled Cookstown
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
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