Saturday, January 24, 2009

Men's Irish Senior Cup results

A cracking day's action saw 49 goals in eight games played across the country. The highlights came, as expected, at Rathdown and Shawsbridge with two classic cup ties.


In the battle of the Towns, the Cooks edged out the Monks with the odd goal in seven despite trailing 2-0 inside ten minutes. The Coolnafranky side's showed serious nerves with three fluffed passes inside three minutes, the third of which Filip Jaros laid into Gareth Watkins path to spectacularly first time into the roof of Iain Hughes net.

Franny Lee netted, a sweet strike after Watkins reverse got a touch from Stephen Cole into the former Kilkenny man's path.

But they gifted Cookstown two simple opportunities, both tidily gobbled up by the impressive David Ames to make it 2-2 inside 23 minutes. Andy Barbour should have given his side the lead soon after before Andrew Ward aerialled over to complete a lively half.

Barbour did, however, make it 3-2 after the break after a Monkstown howler. They gave the ball up from a free out. Gareth Cuddy's simple centre was rolled into the corner by the former Ireland man. Cuddy was subsequently binned for nigh on 12 minutes by my watch for an off-the-ball incident but when he came back on he saw his side go two clear with seven minutes to go.

Barbour was the provider from the endline, a delightful ball which was eventually scrambled in by David Best. Monkstown threw everything forward in the closing stages, playing three at the back - with Zac Dutton at right back. Jaros scored a corner reminiscent of the winner against Three Rock in last season's competition but it was all last year's finalists could salvage from a series of chances.

At Shawsbridge, Cork Harlequins overcame an Instonians fightback thanks to Lee d'Alton's golden goal winner. Quins led 2-0 at half-time, Mark Black and Eddie Dore on target. Two Mark Gleghorne strikes, though forced overtime before d'Alton popped up with the decider.

UCD gave Bangor a fright, putting in their best performance of the season. Simon Hunter got the only goal ten minutes into the second half, rounding off a counter attack. Ben Grogan and Karl Smith drew incredible saves from the Bangor keeper John Tormey, also keeping out several corners.

Fingal were also winners by the odd goal, Derek O'Gorman getting his first since his return to action. Pembroke had a more sizable victory over YM, Andy Walker scoring the only response late in the game.

Three Rock were grateful for Peter Blakeney's five goals while Phelie Maguire and Mitch Darling got goals in their first run out of 2009, while Charlie Henderson and Lucas Piccioli took the day off.

Glenanne were the biggest winners, 11-0 over Catholic Institute while Cork C of I were rarely troubled by Antrim. John Bruton, Alec Moffett and a John Jermyn drag had them 3-0 up at the break before winning 6-2. Raphoe and Banbridge's game in Donegal was off due to the weather.

Irish Senior Cup Round One
YMCA 1 (Andy Walker) Pembroke Wanderers 5 (Alan Giles, Tim Lewis, Gordon Elliott, Maurice Elliott, Ronan Gormley); Kilkenny 1 (Gary Sharman) Three Rock Rovers 9 (Peter Blakeney 5, Phelie Maguire 2, Michael Maguire, Mitch Darling); Fingal 1 (Derek O'Gorman) Bandon 0; Glenanne 11 (John Goulding 3, Stephen Butler 2, Paul Fitzpatrick 2, Shane O'Donoghue 2, Brendan Parsons, Graham Shaw) Catholic Institute 0; Monkstown 3 (Gareth Watkins, Francis Lee, Filip Jaros) Cookstown 4 (David Ames 2, Andy Barbour, David Best); Instonians 2 (Mark Gleghorne 2) Cork Harlequins 3 (Mark Black, Eddie Dore, Lee d'Alton) after extra-time; UCD 0 Bangor 1 (Simon Hunter); Antrim 2 Cork C of I 6 (John Bruton 2, Alec Moffett, John Jermyn, Peter Catchpole, Adam Pritchard)
OFF: Raphoe vs Banbridge

Byes to round 2: Lisnagarvey, Corinthian, Mossley, Annadale, Railway Union, NICS or UCC, North Down
*Pictures from Adrian Boehm from the Monkstown vs Cookstown game can be seen here, while Rob O'Connor's pics from YMCA vs Pembroke are here

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

thats more like it Rovers!

Anonymous said...

anyone know anythong about the draw for next round?

quins mans said...

c of i for title

Stephen Findlater said...

I was informed earlier this week that the draw for the next round will take place on Monday.

Anonymous said...

come on rovers!! you see the Mills ment nothing where as the ISC is actually a good cup to win and i think rovers have show that they are the best club!!! go on the lads!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think it's a little odd that the draw for the ISC was made on Saturday but will not be released to public till Monday?

I thought all rounds are supposed to be made in public i.e. normally in club houses

Anonymous said...

mmmh.. rovers have shown their the best team by beating a Kilkenny team struggling in the league!! I think not! And to say the Mills Cup i.e the Leinster Senior Cup, means nothing is arrogant beyond belief. Any hockey player would be happy to be stepping it out on St. Patrick's Day in a Leinster Senior Cup final.

BTW - Glenanne won by a bigger scoreline!

Anonymous said...

I believe the draw has been released & there are some crackers on the cards!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the last comment regarding the draw having been made on Sunday but not released till Monday. Why? It also opens speculation that the draw is being rigged. To me it is utterly stupid, but then, thats IHA administration for you !

Anonymous said...

Draw is up in the IHA website now!

Anonymous said...

ISC Draw:

Mossley v NICS
Corinthian v Railway Union
Lisnagarvey v Annadale
Cork HQ v Raphoe / Banbridge
Bangor v Three Rock Rovers
North Down v Glenanne
Cork C of I v Pembroke Wanderers
Fingal v Cookstown

Anonymous said...

Brian Groves gave Gareth the ball for his goal not Filip

Anonymous said...

Draw made on Saturday and only released today ! Why!

Queso said...

Prediction time!!
Mossley
Corinthian
Annadale
Cork Harlequins
Three Rock Rovers
Glenanne
Pembroke Wanderers (toughest match)
Cookstown

Anonymous said...

Would find it hard to disagree with that prediction. But let's wait and see.

Anonymous said...

reckon Lisnagarvey could take Annadale at home

Anonymous said...

Think Fingal have a fair shot at home if David is back.

Anonymous said...

Winners to be
NICS
CHC
Banbridge
Annadale
Glennane
TRR
CoI
Fingal-Cause of their pitch!

Has all the hallmarks of a fixed draw.

Stephen Findlater said...

To be honest, I'm not sure where all this talk of a fixed draw is coming from but it will be discontinued in these comments. If someone has any evidence or substantial information that they think warrants investigation then email me.

I rang the IHA last week who told me they were making the draw on Monday with the reason being to try and eke out a few more precious column inches to promote the sport, ie Monday has the round-ups in newspapers/websites and then follow-up with the draws.

Certain 'anonymous' comments have suggested quite a few things, suggesting the IHA has shown favouritism in the draw too which is fairly scurrilous to put it mildly and so has no place on this forum.

Anonymous said...

Fingal because of their pitch?? their pitch will give them no advantage considering cookstowns is exactly the same

Anonymous said...

Agree with last comment Fingal having no advantage cause of their pitch. Cookstown also play on sand and there game is well suited to it considering they have won their last 21 games at home!!

Anonymous said...

Mossley
Corinthian
Annadale
Banbridge
Three Rock Rovers
Glenanne
Cork C of I
Cookstown

Anonymous said...

Pembroke to retain the trophy,C of I away will be lik a home game for them,exact same pitch

Anonymous said...

Pembroke & CofI pitches are very different. The pitch in Garryduff is soft and has more bounce it in.

Anonymous said...

It is not just the pitch that comes inot play on an away trip.

The travelling and atmosphere are major factors. Everyone prefers playing at home and no matter how much the pitch is like your own you are still at a slight disadvatage.

I fancy:

Mossley
Corinthians
Garvey
Banbridge
Three Rock
Glenanne
C of I
Cookstown

Anonymous said...

I'm not from PWHC, I just feel that the CofI pitch will suit their game more than say an away trip to garvey or glenanne would for example.

Anonymous said...

fingal are gonna get a beat down i think. Good team but can't mix it with cooks.