Leinster Men’s Division One:
Railway Union 1 (Paul O’Brien) YMCA 1 (Jacob Webber)
Railway moved four points clear of Clontarf with a competitive 1-1 draw at Park Avenue today against Sandymount neighbours YMCA to put a useful buffer between themselves and the relegation place. YM edged the first half in possession and territory terms and took the lead through Jacob Webber. He tapped in from three yards but all the credit went Will Powderly’s way as he intercepted an overhead 60-metres out, rushed at the Railway defence, drew Stephen O’Keeffe and laid on for the Australian to hit the open net.
Railway equalised in similar circumsatnces, again intercepting on halfway. Paul O’Brien won it, fed the overlapping Ravin Nair who found Mark English and a slightly fortuitous touch eliminated two players before he slipped to O’Brien lurking, indoor style, on the back post to tap in; 1-1 at half-time.
The hosts, though, stepped it up in the second half and while YM played the more intricate hockey in midfield, Kenny Carroll and Peter English were defensive rocks and set multiple attacks in motion with their long passing both on the ground and through the skies.
Feeding off mistakes, they created much the better chances in the second half but Iain Walker produced some good saves to keep their point intact.
Leinster Men’s Division Two
Dublin University 3 (Chris Tyrell, Andrew Beverland, Hal Sutherland) Suttonians 5 (Conor Gillett 2, Richie Wormold, Mark Guerin, Simon Walsh)
Suttonians came from behind twice to record their fifth win from six games in division two as they continue to impress under Frank Byrne. Trinity had led 2-0 at the break with Sean Flynn in excellent form in midfield but a lively second half saw Suttonians draw level only for the students to move into a 3-2 lead with a quarter-hour left to play. But, with Daire Coady and Henry Butler serving time for bad stick-tackles, the northsiders struck late with Conor Gillett and Simon Walsh striking late to steal all three points.
Avoca 8 (Stephen Brownlow 6, Enda Gallanagh, Rob Pearson) Navan 2 (Shane Dooley, Simon Clarke)
Stephen Brownlow super six was too much for Navan as the league’s top scorer added another half-dozen to his season’s tally at Newpark this afternoon. Shane Dooley had given the Badgers an early lead with a straight corner strike but Brownlow inspired Avoca to turn the tables and lead 7-1 before Simon Clarke scored a stroke for a late consolation. Brownlow’s lot included two strokes, a couple of corner drag-flicks and a pair from play for a comprehensive win.
Men’s Irish Hockey Trophy
Antrim 3 Weston 2 on golden goal extra time; NICS 11 (M Gilmer 3, R Anderson 2, G Grundie 2, P Johnston, P Towe, C Irwin, A Gill) Cliftonville 0