For a long time, Railway looked set fair to land a second successive Neville Cup title in reasonably comfortable before a crazy closing ten minutes of normal time turned this year’s decider into a night to remember.
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
Loreto struck twice in the closing minutes against Pegasus to earn a 3-3 draw that keeps them in pole position in the women’s IHL Pool A; Railway Union, Ballymoney and UCD are also well placed but nothing has been finalised as yet in either group
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.
Six divisional cup titles and the inaugural LHA Trophy were handed out at Grange Road on Sunday as the Leinster ladies season closed with a flurry of silverware distributed; Glenanne and UCD were the big winners, landing two titles each
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