Fingal 3-2 Monkstown
In a key match for All-Ireland qualification, Fingal edged out a Monkstown side shorn of Ian Allen, Filip Jaros and Zack Dutton. Fingal, for their part had to call upon Tony Doyle in goal, one of a select number of grandfathers to play in division 1, after Nigel Grothier was called away for work reasons at late notice. Fingal started the stronger and raced into a 2-0 lead. They created a number of chances to extend this but couldn't, allowing the 'town to draw level. They were only on level terms for 30 seconds - as Monkstown had barely finished celebrating - Mick McGuinness won it for Fingal.
Scoring sequence: 1-0 4mn McGuinness (fg), 2-0 15mn Dunne (fg), 2-1 44mn Watkins (pc); 2-2 56mn Watkins (fg); 3-2 57mn McGuinness (fg)
TRR 7-1 UCD
Three Rock easily swept past UCD to record their fourth win of the season and get back into the title race after last week's setback against Pembroke. Leading 4-0 at half-time with goals from international trio, Phelie Maguire, Peter Blakeney and Mitch Darling, Rovers strolled through the second half with Michael O'Connor providing the sole response from the Belfield students.
Scoring sequence: 1-0 Peter Blakeney (fg), 2-0 Peter Blakeney (fg), 3-0 Phelie Maguire (fg), 4-0 Mitch Darling (fg), 5-0 Maarten Sier (pc), 5-1 Michael O'Connor (fg), 6-1 Phelie Maguire (fg), 7-1 Mitch Darling (fg)
YMCA 1-4 Glenanne
In a fiery encounter that saw Keith Benson (YM), Alan Browne and Joe Brennan (Glenanne) yellow carded and Geoff Walker shown red, YM started well but couldn't turn their possession into clearcut chances. Glenanne, though, soon got into their stride with Graham Shaw slotting home a short corner, doubled soon after by Stephen Butler's low dragflick. Five minutes before halftime, Shaw finished a good move down the right to make it 3-0, a scoreline that perhaps flattered the Tallght side. In the second half, Mikey Fry forced home a short corner with 15 mins left. Mark Lambe, though, provided the sucker punch to score Glenanne's fourth.
Scoring sequence: 18 mins 0-1 Shaw (pc), 22 mins 0-2 Butler (pc), 30 mins 0-3 Shaw (fg), 55 mins 1-3 Fry (pc), 65 mins 1-4 Lambe (fg)
Kilkenny 8-3 Bray
Kilkenny, once again, got the better of one of their close rivals in the lower reaches of the league, crushing Bray 8-3 - doing it without the injured Lloyd Pearson and South Africa bound Stephen Thompson. Gary Sharman bagged a hat-trick and there was a goal too for former Monkstown player Richie O'Malley on his return to Leinster hockey action.
Scoring sequence: 1-0 Sharman (fg), 2-0 Sharman (fg), 3-0 Maher (fg); Half-time 3-0; 3-1 Cox (fg), 3-2 Hinge (fg), 4-2 Manning (fg) 5-2 Manning (fg), 6-2 Dore (pc), 6-3 Lewis (fg), 7-3 O'Malley (pc), 8-3 Sharman (fg)
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Saturday, November 3, 2007
Fingal 3-2 Monkstown
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 6:39 PM