Saturday, November 14, 2009

Suttonians' counter-strike nets first place

Men's Division Two
Avoca 1 (Stephen Brownlow) Suttonians 3 (Reuben Holden 2, Simon Walsh)
Suttonians created the first daylight between themselves and the chasing pack as they survived multiple penalty corners before stinging Avoca twice on the counter-attack to claim the points at Newpark. Reuben Holden's (pictured, left) drag-flick opened the scoring and he made it 2-0 from the penalty spot following a razor-sharp break-out as Avoca appealed for a stroke of their own at the far end. Stephen Brownlow pulled one back, beautifully redirecting Enda Gallanagh's pass into the net but the goal of the game fell to Simon Walsh. He cracked in a reverse to round off a pitch-length move with Conor Gillette claiming the assist. Suttonians, though, were thankful to the goalkeeping of James Murtagh and Richie Wormold's number one running at corner-time as they repelled 12 efforts en route to victory. They now lead the table by four points.

Bray 1 (Simon Cox) Navan 3 (Ruairi Clarke 2, Nick Parkhill)
Ruairi Clarke's double helped the Badgers nabbed their first win of the season as they grabbed the points at Loreto this afternoon. Simon Cox gave the hosts an early lead but Clarke dragged the game level from a short corner and swapped the lead with his second, accurately picking off the bottom corner for 2-1. And, in an even contest with few chances, the Meath side took the honours when new recruit Nick Parkhill zipped in a second drag-flick with five minutes to go.

Weston 2 (Vikram Singh, Shane O'Hare) Dublin University 0
Two goals inside the opening ten minutes were enough to see Weston home against Dublin University for the second match day on the spin. A quick free worked to Vikram Singh's stinging reverse was too quick for Jack Hegarty and broke the deadlock and Shane O'Hare rebounded a penalty corner to make it 2-0. Hal Sutherland had a goal chalked for the student when he used his back-stick en route to netting but the Lucanites stayed well clear of the challenge and move into a tie for second.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Avoca to take Sutts to the cleaners in div 2" was the statement of the day on friday... Back in your box!!

Anonymous said...

Evenly matched game. Bad day at the office for Avoca missing 12 corners-thery may rue that later in the season- some great running and goalkeeping though from Suttonians and took their chances. Last goal was great finish

Anonymous said...

fair play to suttonians didnt see that result coming, thought avoca would be too strong for them.
good win for navan at the weekend also, didnt see that coming either to be honest.

Anonymous said...

'"Avoca to take Sutts to the cleaners in div 2" was the statement of the day on friday... Back in your box!!'

some people take this far too seriously....

Ru Clarke said...

Fair play Sutts, our draw at the start of the season is looking like a well-earned point for us. Badgers could have had a few more in the second half, we got the benefit of some decisions though. We'll take the points though.

Anonymous said...

Well in ruby! Si, from what I hear a certain coach would have been proud, "in low and hard like a terriors micky!"

Anonymous said...

Is it true there are only 6 teams in Div 2 this year? If so how can automatic promotion for the 1st placed team be justified. The 1st place team should have to play-off. Getting into Div 1 by beating Weston twice is a joke.

Anonymous said...

just because other teams have dropped out of division 2 it shouldn't be left to those that stay in the division to be penalized by means of a play offs due to lack of teams in the division.
as a player at division 2 level i find your comment rather disrespectful to the division as a whole and also to weston who you have seen fit to mock and make out that they are nothing more than a walkover team.
your comment only proves your lack of knowledge at this level as weston are currently third in the division and have attracted a superb young aspiring coach in alan browne and also some quality new signings to the club, so for you to insinuate that they are nothing but 6 points in the bag is a "joke".
like seriously man, you clearly know nothing of this division to only find out there are 6 teams in the division at this stage in the season, so do some research before you go around slandering the division and the teams in it.