YMCA 4 (Andrew Walker, Luke Chadwick, Rob Whelan, David Robinson) TRR 1 (Niall Denham)
With YM's seconds drawing with Rovers second string two days previously, their firsts had little problem disposing a similar outift last night at Claremont Road as Three Rock fielded just Ali Haughton, Tim Hill and Colin Huet from their regular first team squad.
With matches against Glenanne, Fingal and Pembroke in the coming weeks, Rovers decided to play an understrength side.
As such, YM eased to the win after Andy Walker gave them the lead early on with further goals from Wesley schoolboys Luke Chadwick and Rob Whelan. Niall Denham got one back from a drag-flick via Stephen Barry's stick.
Railway Union 3 (Mark English, Peter English 2) Glenanne 3 (Shane O'Donoghue 2, Jonathon Kane)(Glenanne win on 4-1 penalty strokes)Railway were denied a surprise place in the final of the Neville Cup by the cruellest of means, as they lost out strokes to Glenanne.
In the absence of Graham Shaw, Stephen Butler and Alan Browne, Shane O'Donoghue stepped up to the plate, scrambling home a rebound from Joe Brennan's drag-flick. Railway levelled early in the second half through Mark English but O'Donoghue gave the Glens the lead once again with a deflection from a crash ball but the elder English brother got his second to equalise to force extra-time while John Keogh and Brendan Parsons -against his old club - were both sin-binned.
Jonathon Kane finished off a great move to give the Tallaght-side the lead for the third time in silver goal but Peter English scored from close range to send the game to strokes.
Brennan, Gary Shaw, O'Donoghue and David Shaw all netted their strokes while Steven Doran saved the first Railway effort before Kevin O'Brien fired wide to end the Park Avenue club's final dreams.
Final: YMCA vs Glenanne, December 26, Admission free (this cup is run as a charity event and buckets collecting will be present on the day)