Sunday, December 14, 2008

Men's IHL: Round Two results

Pool A
Cookstown v Annadale
Instonians v Pembroke Wanderers
No movement in the standings in pool A as Pembroke's trip to Instonians was scuppered by the frost while Annadale's double-header with Cookstown at Coolnafranky did not go ahead.

Pool B
Monkstown 4 (Gareth Watkins 2, Stephen Cole, Filip Jaros) Lisnagarvey 5 (Timmy Cockram 3, Stuart McNiece, Jason Lynch)
Lisnagarvey stole an incredible victory with the odd goal in nine, with Monkstown taking scant consolation from their bonus point having twice led by three clear goals. The Town rode an early storm that saw Garvey spurn two corners before skipper Gareth Watkins looped in a reverse to open the scoring.

Stephen Cole's deflection made it 2-0 inside the first quarter before Filip Jaros' strike from an improvised corner saw the Town in command at half-time. But Garvey showed in last year's Club Championship semi-final they are never beaten - that time scoring four in eight minutes to scare the life out of Three Rock.

Timmy Cockram netted his side's third corner of the second half in the 38th minute after Richie Beere was sin-binned. Watkins replied almost immediately - again from a corner variation - but Stuart McNiece's low drive and Cockram's second meant it was game on going into the final quarter at 4-3.

Cockram's third knocked the stuffing out of Monkstown, inside a minute of the restart, and the hosts struggled to create much as time progressed. Garvey, meanwhile, took their major chance as Jason Lynch took in a cross and scored with four minutes to go to nick a remarkable win.

Fingal 2 (Mick McGuinness 2) Three Rock Rovers 0
Fingal picked up their first points of the IHL as Three Rock's weekend from hell went from bad to worse as they took heavy blows to their hopes of silverware on two fronts in two days.

Mick McGuinness' drag-flicks have come good of late and he added another pair, one very early on, the other very late, from the two corners his side were awarded. In between times, Nigel Grothier was in top form between the posts, pulling off some excellent saves with the pick of them coming from Kyle Good's effort.

Rovers won four corners but found no way through the Eamon Bane marsahlled defence. The results mean Banbridge and Cork C of I now hold the trump cards in the group on six and five points respectively while Garvey, Fingal and Three Rock are on three.
* Monkstown vs Lisnagarvey pictures courtesy of Adrian Boehm. Fingal and Three Rock picture courtesy of Emer Keogh.


Anonymous said...

fair play to Fingal, great result. heard there was handbags flying in the Rovers dugout though? Did anyone here what happened?

Anonymous said...

Fantastic result by Fingal. Was atthe game as a fan of 'Hockey'. Fingal played ugly but worked, harried and ran Rovers off the pitch. What they lack on technical qualities sometimes they more than make up for with blood and guts.

Great game to watch!! Umpires were also excellent!!

Anonymous said...

I see today that The Irish Times and in particular Johnny Watterson,
have got their hockey facts wrong yet again. The Fingal v TRR match
not getting a mention, in fact not even scheduled to be played. Stephen, perhaps you might ring and update him. As your at it, remind him that Lewers is not the new Ireland coach.

Anonymous said...

tim hill spat the dummy...

daddy o siochain didnt like it and duly disciplined him.some craic.

Fingal were good.

Anonymous said...

when is the last time TRR didnt score in a match

Anonymous said...

What's the story with the Instonians-Pembroke game???

Anonymous said...

rovers seemed to struggle at the back. usually they are very solid back there, and doesn't help when you missed key players for key matches.

Anonymous said...

We did struggle at the back, 1st fingal goal came from a lazy ball around the back. Doesnt help when we are missing key players, however Fingal were missing 3 or 4 also. Credit to them though, they took their chances. 2 Corners/2 Goals.

TRR Player