UCD 1 (Robbie McFarlane) Railway Union 1 (Paul O'Brien)
UCD were denied a first win of the season by Paul O'Brien's second half strike in a sprightly encounter at Belfield though the point could prove crucial with Kilkenny visiting next weekend.
Railway had the best of the opening stages with one Peter English drag-flick taken off the line by Ben Grogan's head. To the naked eye it looked to have hit his stick but the lump that emerged on his head later suggested otherwise. Railway were dangerous throughout as the game flowed from counter-attack to counter-attack with Mark English a threat
But UCD rallied well with Rob Lynch impressing, and Robbie McFarlane gave the students the lead in the 50th minute when he foudn space, spun and flicked into the roof of the net. O'Brien responded for Railway ten minutes later from a corner rebound before both sides had chances to win the game.
David Quinn saw a glit-edged opportunity blocked while Stephen O'Keefe was called on to make a comfortable, but vital, late save.
Three Rock Rovers 3 (Garry Ringwood, Peter McConnell, Patrick Shanahan) Fingal 1 (David Bane)
Fingal's IHL hopes became more dependent on Corinthian's three point penalty being upheld after they fell 3-1 to a below par Three Rock at Grange Road. Rovers led 2-0, Garry Ringwood's stroke setting them on their way.
A third followed in the second half before Fingal pulled one back. The hosts, though, were left concerned about the performance after the game with EHL concerns coming rapidly to the fore.
Monkstown 3 (Gareth Watkins 2, Brian Groves) Corinthian 3 (Andrew Sutton, Darren Kimfley, Andrew Cronje)
Trailing 3-0 at the break Corinthian produced a thrilling fightback against a tiring Monkstown to pick up a point. Gareth Watkins bagged the first and the third from corners before half-time, sandwiching Brian Groves' counter-attack goal.
Watkins would later spend time in the sin-bin for kicking the ball away while the reds switched to four up front for the second half in their efforts to get something from a key match in terms of IHL places.
It opened the game out massively with chances coming thick and fast at both ends. Andrew Sutton got the first, with a left-handed cricket stroke - applying an upright reverse to a bouncing ball from the top of the D.
Monkstown had chances to move further clear but their forwards tired due to a lack of rotation possibilities. Their bench was light on forwards due to injury and the involvement of their young charges in the All-Ireland school's. Corinthian made the most of their chances to bring the game back to 3-3
YMCA 2 (Jacob Webber, Richie Pedreschi) TRR 2 (Peter McConnell, Lucas Piccioli)
In almost a mirror image of the pairs recent draw, YM placed another dent in Three Rock's hopes of retaining the Leinster senior league with a 2-2 draw at Claremont Road. Indeed, it could have been worse for Rovers as they had to face a late corner without a recognised goalkeeper.
Wendel Armstrong was sin-binned for playing the ball outisde his area with his pads, leading to Peter Blakeney donning the protective gear for the first time since his time at Trinity. He kept out Jacob Webber's corner which would have sealed the win.
Peter McConnell's drag-flick gave the visitors the lead before Webber scored a fine individual goal to level matters. Lucas Piccioli's rebound made it 2-1 before Richie Pedreschi tied the game up once more.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
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