Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sandford and St Mark's to contest development blitz final

Sandford Park and St Mark's amassed the most points from today's six-game blitz at Grange Road to secure a big day out next Wednesday at the same venue when they will contest the inaugural final.

They came out in the top places of the four-team group which also included Skerries and Drogheda. Sandford opened up the with a 3-0 win over the Co Louth school with ben Epstein netting two drag-flicks while Matthew Tector also rolled in from the flick spot.

St Mark's, meanwhile, nicked their evenly fought contest with Skerries 1-0 - Lee Byrne on target - despite some powerful work in midfield for the North Dubliners from Stephen Rogan and Conor Colman.

Sandford showed a bit more experience to outdo Skerries 4-0. St Mark's and Drogheda played out a 0-0 tie and the Tallaght side completed the group stage with a clean sheet when they drew with Sandford 0-0 while Skerries picked up a 2-1 win over Drogheda

Results: Sandford Park 3 (Ben Epstein 2, Matthew Tector) Drogheda GS 0; Skerries CS 0 St Mark's CS 1 (Lee Byrne); Sandford Park 4 (Ben Epstein, Patrick Carey, Roland Cottle 2) Skerries CS 0; St Mark's CS 0 Drogheda GS 0; Sandford Park 0 St Mark's CS 0; Skerries 2 (Stephen Rogan, Harry Dawson) Drogheda GS 1

Table (points/goal diff): 1. Sandford Park 7pts (+7) 2. St Mark's CS 5pts (+1) 3. Skerries CS 3pts (-4) 4. Drogheda GS 1pt (-4)
* For more pics from the blitz, click here


Anonymous said...

This a first off or something? Any chance you could let us in on the format(match times, ect)
Actually, knowing this place its probably up somewhere... I'll have a look.

Anonymous said...

Great to see Sandford in a final of a schools competition. It will do great thing for hockey within the school which is struggling

Anonymous said...

Sandford are becoming a well debleoped team as thier head coach Nasir is drilling them into shape! The final of the Development Cup is to be played on the 11th March at 12 in Three Rock!

Anonymous said...

hey ste just wonderin were can u get the pics of the matchs!!!!!

Stephen Findlater said...

Will post the link to these games later today when I get a chance.

Anonymous said...

Superb organisation and thinking by Ronan Walsh and his team.This sort of thing is a real positive step forward for schools hockey. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

by far the best thing for skool hockey cause the rest of the cup is just wesley and andrews it gives the weaker teams a chance to play wit teams the same standers as themself!!!!