Sunday, March 30, 2008

Men's round-up

Sunday: Pembroke 2 (Alan Sothern 2) Corinthian 1 (Garth Ancher)
The great title decider is still on course as Pembroke were made to sweat all the way by Corinthian, playing without Lucas Piccioli. They built up a 2-0 lead thanks to an impressive first half display but Ancher's deflected strike before the break ensured a nervous second half. Ronan Gormley took one off the line and Nigel Henderson - in place of David Harte who was at Old Trafford - pulled off an excellent diving stick save to keep his side ahead. Pembroke did have plenty of chances too to kill the game but Ross Murray was in outstanding form.

Saturday: Monkstown 0 TRR 2 (Mitch Darling, Michael Maguire)
Rovers gained a modicum of revenge for their ISC defeat two weeks ago with a controlled win over Monkstown. They were briefly five points clear of Pembroke but their win over Corinthian leaves two between the teams. Pembroke face All-Ireland league chasing Fingal in a battle to decide if Rovers or Wanderers hold the upper hand going into the final game.

Glenanne 3 (Stephen Butler, Gary Shaw, Paul Fitzpatrick) Corinthian 2 (Davy Carson, Lucas Piccioli)
Corinthian could not capitalise on a tired Glens team after their European exploits. Carson gave Corinthians the lead but were soon pegged back to a 3-1 deficit which means they will now have no chance of getting fourth spot. Glenanne, on the other hand, have guaranteed third.

UCD 3 (Luke McSharry, David Storey, Robbie McFarlane) Bray 3 (Robert Pearson 2, Simon Cox)
Bray picked up their first point of the season but it does not look likely to be enough to get off the bottom. They have two matches remaining but will need to get a point or three out of Glenanne to get into the play-off match. They were pegged back by former Rovers trio McSharry, McFarlane and Storey.

YMCA 1 (Mikey Fry) Kilkenny 2 (Hugh Kelly, Stephen Thompson)
Kilkenny survived conceding a penalty stroke and a number of penalty corners to overcome YM for a second time this season after their cup win, in this battle of 7th and 8th.

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