Glens spoil Pembroke party; intervarsities tips off in Queen’s

Mick McGuinness slid home the first Friday night lights winner for Glenanne as they produced a smash and grab 2-1 result against Pembroke at Serpentine Avenue.

The Glens were under the kosh at times but they frustrated the hosts for long periods who eventually saw Nick Burns’ red carded. The Glens went ahead from the first corner of the game with Rowland Rixon-Fuller nicking home for the half-time lead.

Mick McGuinness scored the key for Glenanne Pic: Adrian Boehm

Mick McGuinness scored the key for Glenanne Pic: Adrian Boehm

Pembroke levelled from a set piece of their own when a drag-flick was charged down by Maurice Elliott picked up the pieces to fire home.

Rixon-Fuller hit the post from another corner before Enda Tucker created the winner with a great run around the back, picking out McGuinness to score.

It lifts the Glens into the top five for a few hours at least and will see Pembroke drop out of their three-way share of the top spot once Saturday’s action is done.

They currently are tied with Three Rock Rovers and Monkstown at the top of the table on 13 points. That pair meet this afternoon at 3pm at Grange Road in one of the highlights of the season so far.

Both sides may have a decision ot make whether they play their schoolboys. For Rovers, Ben McCrea, Daragh Walsh and Fred Morris have been part of their first team panel this season and played three games in mid-week with their respective school teams.

On the Monkstown side, David Nolan and Jazze Henry went all the way to the final with St Andrew’s – making it five games in three days. How they got through that schedule could affect their availability.

Rovers will need to limit Town’s corner options after Richard Sykes’ quadruple last weekend in what promises to be another high scoring battle while they also need to be wary of German arrival Thomas Sonntag who looks a tidy addition.

Rathgar and Avoca battle it out for their respective first points of the season. The Chiefs will welcome back Jonny Orr and Brian Cleere who missed their cup tie in Cork last weekend.

Gary Sharman also missed that tie through injury, limiting their attacking options down the right wing. For Avoca, they were also injury-hit the last time they lined out with Peter Haughton a big miss and Rob Pearson an absentee.

YMCA will be looking to move back into the top five when they host Corinthian in Milltown. After an impressive start to the season, the reds have lost three in-a-row in the league and just shaded a Mills Cup tie against Clontarf on penalties and so will be looking to get back on the wagon.

Division Two sees top against bottom on Saturday with Corinthian II playing Pembroke II at Whitechurch Park while Clontarf are looking to get back in the mix with a home tie against YMCA II.

Fingal will play just their third tie of the league season when they host Railway Union II after two weekends off while Monkstown II and TRR II have agreed to move their tie to Sunday to allow an extra rest day for their respective All-Ireland schools players.

On the women’s side, Hermes continued their fine run of form with a second win of the season against Railway Union, Aisling Naughton’s second half goal dividing the teams on Thursday night.

Rathgar's Brian Cleere could return to action

Rathgar’s Brian Cleere could return to action

The annual intervarsities competition gets underway this weekend with Queen’s University hosting an event that features 24 sides – 12 men’s and 12 women’s – across the cup and plate events.

For the first time, the event will start on a Saturday. In the past few years, it started on a Sunday having previously been a midweeke competition. Increased player unavailability due to lectures and so forth, though, necessitated the change.

On the men’s side, Group A is an eye-catching one with UCD, UCC and Trinity battling it out. Trinity have made a blistering start to life in division three with Jonathan Lewis, Robbie Clarke and a couple of Erasmus arrivals making them a much stronger outfit than then one relegated last season.

They will fancy giving UCD a big game in a typically emotionally-charged showdown. UCC will be without Gary Wilkinson for the tournament.

DIT will draw on a couple of internationals and are in a group of scratch teams – ITT and UU – who will be difficult to predict.

As with all women’s competitions, UCD are clear favourites for the Chilean Cup but will face stern opposition from UU who draw heavily from the Ulster Elks under coach Ricky Lee.

Men’s Leinster Division One (Saturday): Three Rock Rovers v Monkstown, 3pm, Grange Road; YMCA v Corinthian, 1.30pm, Millltown; Rathgar v Avoca, 12.30pm, High School

Division Two
Clontarf v YMCA II, 12.30pm, Mount Temple; Fingal v Railway Union II, 2.30pm, ALSAA; Corinthian II vs Pembroke II, 3.45pm, Whitechurch Park
Sunday: Monkstown II vs Three Rock Rovers II, 4pm, Rathdown

Intervarsities Groups
Mauritius Cup (men)
Group A:
UCD, Trinity, UCC Group B: ITT, DIT, UU

Mauritius Plate
Group A:
CIT, Queen’s, UL Group B: NUIM, RCSI, DCU

Chilean Cup (women)
Group A:
UU, DCU, UCC Group B: UCD, Queen’s, UL

Chilean Plate
Group A:
RCSI, ITT, NUIG Group B: CIT, Trinity, NUIM

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1