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Cookstown 0 Pembroke 0
Pembroke and Cookstown shared the spoils after a scrappy nil-all at Coolnafranky. Ivan Steen missed the most gilt-edged chance, failing to convert a penalty stroke.
Alan Sothern and Gordon Elliott had the better open play chances in the first quarter before the second and third periods were littered by sin-binnings - Stephen Cuddy, Keith Black and Alan Giles doing time.
Iain Hughes made two good saves from Sothern to keep Cookstown in it, though the Tyrone side dominated possession. Giles added a yellow to his collection in last quarter but Cookstown could not take advantage of the ten man situation despite two penalty corners.
Cork Harlequins 1 (Paul Lombard) Annadale 3 (Paul Jackson, Jonny Quigley, Fraser Mills)
Harlequins lost their third successive game in bizarre circumstances as they dominated possession, winning 12 corners and yet were rarely in the game on the scoreboard.
'Dale were two up inside seven minutes with Paul Jackson netting a stunner (pictured bottom left) after Ian Hamilton's faked pass opened an opportunity on his reverse. Jonny Quigley's was less beautiful, flashing a shot across goal but took a lucky deflection off goalkeeper Chris Daunt to deflect into his own goal.
A litany of chances went abegging before Paul Lombard finally got one back from the spot in the 63rd minute but Fraser Mills sucker-punched with a reverse. The results leaves the winner of Instonians and Glenanne to take spot on Sunday afternoon.
Lisnagarvey 2 (Mark Raphael, Brian Waring) Three Rock Rovers 5 (Tim Hill, Mitch Darling 2, Peter Blakeney, Michael Maguire)
Three Rock bounced back from their Fingal defeat to nab a last-minute bonus point against Lisnagarvey. Timmy Hill got the only goal of the first half scored a tidy opener in the 31st minute of a low-key half.
The second half proved more exciting, Andy McConnell set up Mitch Darling for a tap-in to make it 2-0 before former international Brian Waring cracked in a superb goal to bring the game back to life.
Alan Bothwell went to the bin soon after but Rovers were not deterred as Darling made it 3-1, despite the player deficit. Mark Raphael livened it up once more from a corner second phase with seven minutes remaining.
But two late strikes from Peter Blakeney (pictured, right) and Maguire stole the win and an invaluable late bonus.
Fingal 3 (Mick McGuinness 2, Derek O'Gorman) Banbridge 5 (Ross McCandless 2, Eugene Magee, Simon Magowan, Dane Ward)
Banbridge kept the only 100pc record in the men's side intact with a 5-3 away win at ALSAA. Like the Three Rock game, only one first half goal went in despite the high final score. Ross McCandless got it from a corner won by Simon Magowan.
Eugene Magee added a drag-flick before Mick McGuinness added to his list of goalkeeping victims. This time, Gareth Lennox found his corner shot unstoppable. He potted two to level the game but a minute into the final quarter Magowan got a freak goal that looped over Nigel Grothier after deflecting off a Fingal knee.
McCandless made the gap two once again, Derek O'Gorman slotted home before Dane Ward netted a controversial late corner to deny a Fingal bonus point in the last minute.
Cork C of I 6 (John Bruton 2, John Jermyn 3, Stephen Parker) Monkstown 3 (Gareth Watkins 3)
Monkstown's unlikely chances of progressing are now over though Cork C of I had to wait until the last nine minutes before pulling away.
Jonny Bruton gave his side a fourth-minute lead, which was doubled by John Jermyn at the end of the first quarter.
But Monkstown had no intention of rolling over as skipper Gareth Watkins converted their only two corners of the second quarter to draw level.
Jermyn re-established C of I’s lead after the break, only for Watkins to complete his hat-trick and cancel it out again. But Jermyn matched that feat to put C of I 4-3 up, and late goals from Bruton and Stephen Parker secured the bonus point.
*More pictures from Eoin Tyrell of Cork Harlequins vs Annadale can be see here
Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Railway Union 2 (Emer Lucey, Emma Smyth) Belfast Harlequins 0
Two goals in seven, third quarter minutes moved Railway Union into second place in Group A, ahead of Pegasus, completing a 2-0 win over Belfast Harlequins.
They had the best of the first half but found themselves foiled by Harlequins' keeper Jenny Foster. Five minutes into the second, though, Emer Lucey broke the deadlock, cracking home a penalty corner. Emma Smyth (pictured, left) doubled up soon after for a comfortable advantage.
Nicole Morrow was causing problems at the other end, one effort flashing across Helen Stevenson's goal but they could not net a bonus point.
Cork C of I 1 (Amy Roberts) Loreto 4 (Nikki Symmons, Niamh Small, Hannah Matthews 2)
Loreto continued to keep full control of Group A with a bonus point in Garryduff, overturning a first-half deficit with starlet Hannah Matthews marking her return from long-term injury with two goals.
Amy Roberts gave the hosts the lead, finishing adroitly after cutting in from the left in an opening quarter that C of I dominated.
But Nikki Symmons hauled Loreto level just after the break, sparking a superb second-half performance from the seasoned Irish international star.
Niamh Small rattled home a short corner to give Loreto a lead to take into the final quarter, and that advantage was doubled when Matthews exchanged passes with Symmons at corner time before finding the backboard.
Matthews rubbed salt into C of I’s wounds with her side’s fourth in the final minutes, and the bonus point accrued propels them to the head of the table with three wins from three.
Cork Harlequins 3 (Rachel McSharry, Hilary Chapple, Jane Chapple) UCD 1 (Fiona Braddish)
Harlequins took temporary charge of Group B, ahead of the Hermes-Pembroke match on Sunday, taking control of their tie in the third minute when skipper Rachel McSharry swept home from a neat corner move.
The students were back on terms in the second quarter when Fiona Braddish flung herself at a loose ball after Lisa Jacob's early incision. McSharry, though, instigated a move on the stroke of half-time, keeping the ball alive to feed Rachel Kohler and her nicely angled cross was deflected home by Hilary Chapple.
Jane Chapple added the decider in the third, creating and finishing a breakaway to put UCD on the verge of elimination. Harlequins, meanwhile, are in rude health, especially as their final group game with Armagh will be a dead rubber.
Ballymoney 5 (Lyndsey McVicker 4, Sally Stewart Moore) Armagh 0
A virtuoso performance from Irish legend Lyndsey McVicker (pictured, right) got Ballymoney into an overnight tie for second in Group B though they will drop tomorrow after the group is completed.
They have, however, got right back into the mix with a great five-star performance in the Ulster derby. MBE McVicker netted a first half hat-trick, netting her fourth in the closing ten minutes and Sally Stewart Moore completed the rout.
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Division Four side Mullingar took a huge leap forward in the Irish Hockey Challenge with a thumping 3-0 win over Omagh at the Youth Sports ground this afternoon.
They go into Monday's draw to face either on three of Ulster sides: Down - conquerors of Portrane after extra-time - Campbellians or Saintfield, who beat the Gate 2-1.
In the women's equivalent, two of Leinster's newer female sides advanced with Divsion 14's Monkstown, spurred on by Susie Murray, continuing their 100pc record since rejoining the league. Bizarrely, they are going for a tenth successive promotion under the Monkstown banner.
The women's side to the club last turned out in the 1992 season during the move to Rathdown. They could not afford a levy and so reverted to being Glenageary United before folding. Prior to that, the club had won nine successive promotions. They beat Grosvenor 4-0 and are now in the last eight.
YMCA, meanwhile, beat Newcastle 5-0 - similarly they have raced up to division nine with four successive upgrades. Three more Challenge matches take place tomorrow afternoon before the quarter-final draw takes place.
Elsewhere, Glenanne II became the fifth Leinster side through to the Irish Junior Cup semi-finals with an impressive 4-0 win over Bangor II.
Men’s Irish Hockey Challenge - Round 2
Down 4 Portrane 3 on golden goal; Omagh 0 Mullingar 3; Campbellians 3 Potrush 0; Saintfield 2 St James Gate 1
ESB Irish Hockey Challenge - Round 2
Fermoy 5 Tipperary 1; Athlone 1 Renmore 0; Raphoe 1 Greenfields II 1 (Raphoe won 3-2 on strokes); YMCA 5 Newcastle 0; Monkstown 4 Grosvenor 0
To be played, February 1: Athy v Naas; Clonmel v Mallow; Wexford II v Gorey
Men's Irish Junior Cup - Round 2
Glenanne II 4 Bangor II 0
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Nicci Daly got a deflection to get the Glens back on terms six minutes later but Scott was the beneficiary of Maebh Horan's driving run. The latter slipped the ball square and the former-Pembroke woman placed the ball into the bottom-left corner.
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Friday, January 30, 2009
Cork C of I v Loreto (Saturday), 2pm, Garryduff)
Loreto travel to Garryduff as the only Group A side with two wins and victory over fifth place CI would give them an excellent chance of advancing, though the final group stage against Railway could still prove key in April.
Their Irish quintet jets off the day after for Alicante for warm-weather training but Zara Delany has a slight leg injury to contend with. For the hosts, skipper Sandra Hackett is definitely out while former international Deirdre Casey takes on the captaincy duties.
Railway Union v Belfast Harlequins (Saturday) 6pm, Park Avenue
After an emphatic 6-2 win over Randalstown, Railway find themselves right back in the mix in Group A and the lack of a bonus point for Pegasus on Friday night was a slight boost.
Using their favoured 6pm start-time, they will hope to complete their series of three Ulster games well against a Jenny McDonough inspired Belfast Harlequins while Kelli Thornton has been among the goals.
The hosts, though, have strikers like Cecelia Joyce and Kate McKenna who have shown a relish for this competition while Jean McDonnell and Emma Smyth's pace is perfectly suited to the auto-pass ruling. Indeed, their side's usage of the new rules served up the most spectacular goals of round two.
Ballymoney v Armagh (Saturday) 3pm, Joey Dunlop Centre
Pure and simple, the loser of this fifth versus sixth clash will be out should they fail to win. Neither side has a win thus far though Ballymoney have shown the better league form thus far, picking up double the points of their opponents.
Armagh seem desperately short on fire-power with only nine goals in league outings and one in this competition though they do have the defensive strength of Emma Stewart as well as the talents of younger sister Amy and Rachel Mulligan.
'Money have an international trio of their own in Lauren Barr, Megan Frazer and Bridget McKeever while Lynsey McVicker remains a class act.
Cork Harlequins v UCD (Saturday) 3pm, Harlequin Park
The form side in 2009, UCD may not have scored many in recent weeks but, then again, they rarely concede and have by a distance the lowest aggregate goals per game in domestic competition.
Strong defence, marshaled by Holly Jenkinson, has been key to their progress under Mary Logue and wins over Hermes and Pembroke have them in top form. They will hope Roisin Flinn does not feel too much pain from the nasty jaw injury sustained last weekend and Liz McInerney and Rosie Carrigan continue to assert themselves in midfield.
Harlequins are a point better off in the table but do without Cliona O'Connor.
Hermes v Pembroke Wanderers (Sunday), 2pm, Belfield
The Sunday game sees a local derby with first playing third though the scarcity of bonus points in the group means its all incredibly tight. Club champions Hermes need to find a more clinical edge after a decent first half performance against UCD yielded just the one goal in the ISC.
They have gamebreakers in their side, though, with Chloe Watkins, Aoife Harte and Jenny Burke able to turn it on while Colin Stewart's side have saved more consistent form for the IHL.
Aoife McCarthy and Sinead McDonnell's marshaling of Louisa Moore, though, could be a key factor. The South-African born striker's power and quick-wittedness in front of goal means the Wanderers always have a chance.
Their set of youngsters - Alice Ward, Orla Fox and Noelle Farrell - are all progressing well, the latter in centre-midfield, making for an intriguing battle.
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Cork Harlequins v Annadale (Saturday), 1pm, Farmer's Cross
Two sides without yet in the competition, the hosts prop up the table after a narrow reverse in Pembroke and a chastening turnover at home last time out against Glenanne.
In recent weeks a number of top players returned to the fold, including the Lombard brothers Paul and David while Mark Black is free to focus on his club hockey after his international retirement during the week. Eddie Dore is out, replaced by Colin Ross.
They face an Annadale side smarting after being denied what looked a nailed-on bonus-point win by the elements at Coolnafranky. It means they, too, need a win to keep hopes alive of a final-four slot.
Cookstown v Pembroke Wanderers, (Saturday), 6pm, Coolnafranky
Cookstown will hope they can put a dent in their reputation of not producing against southern rivals as they host Pembroke at Coolnafranky. Given somewhat of a reprieve after a sub-par performance against Annadale, they go into the game in decent health as only Stuart Smyth last week's game with Monkstown.
David Ames looked dangerous throughout at right midfield while Andy Barbour came off the bench to show he can still unlock defences. Ivan Steen, though, is their main man -and only non Cookstown HS graduate - and Pembroke will do well to keep him quiet after a virtuoso run out last week.
The 'Broke, though, have hit goalscoring form recently - 17 in three games. Sothern has scored in nigh-on every game he has played while Gordy and Maurice Elliott are now pocketing a few goals too. A back five which hold of Conor and David Harte, Ronan Gormley and Colin Kelly should also go a long way in this competition making this battle of two league leaders one to watch. Last year, Justin Sherriff was a vital factor in an ISC win, scoring one of the goals of the year.
Glenanne v Instonians (Sunday), 3pm, Glenanne Park
Certainly one of the key talking points this weekend will be the Mark Gleghorne saga as he discussed his intentions this week to look into rules that govern the possibility of playing for Britain.
How he, and Instonians, respond to what could be a hot reception at Glenanne Park could have a crucial bearing on the game. The Old Boys in recent weeks have been resurgent, partly thanks to Gleghorne's return from a long-standing injury while Paddy Brown and Steven Redpath have also lifted the side.
They were stopped in their tracks last week by Quins - a side Glenanne disposed of comfortably. Indeed, of the games attended by The Hook so far this season, the Glens have produced comfortably the best form with Stephen Butler and Graham Shaw top class.
Fingal v Banbridge (Saturday), 2.30pm, ALSAA
The value of Derek O'Gorman to Fingal will become more apparent as time goes on but as early statements of intent go, his goal that settled the Bandon tie last week was something special. For a workaholic side, his ability to conjure up something special could see them cause another upset.
Mick McGuinness' drags are coming on strong though David Bane is, once again, hoping to avoid sitting on the sidelines.
For Bann, Geoff McCabe (shin) and Diarmuid Reay (hamstring) are both hoping to be included in Suzanne Evans side on Saturday and they will be spurred on by one of the largest travelling supports for what is not a particularly long away trip.
Eugene Magee and Ross McCandless will always be threats but Fingal's graft could see them turn a few heads.
Cork C of I v Monkstown (Saturday), 4pm, Garryduff
The Town need desperately to learn how to hold onto a lead in the big matches this year after whirlwind starts against the likes of Lisnagarvey and Cookstown. An eminently talented side, they only have a point to show for two games and another reverse at Garryduff will see their challenge done.
John Jermyn has been the CI star this term and two bonus points has them in a healthy position after two games despite a 2-1 defeat to Banbridge.
Lisnagarvey v Three Rock Rovers (Saturday), 5pm, Hillsborough
While last season's Club Championships final was probably instantly forgettable to all bar Rovers and their supporters, their semi-final tussle with Lisnagarvey was one of the great fixtures of recent All-Ireland history.
The 6-5 had almost everything with Mitch Darling coming to public attention with his five-star performance, 'Garvey's Timmy Cockram-inspired comeback which almost culminated with a last-gasp equaliser and some of the best attacking hockey for years.
Neither side is operating at the same level as last May with Rovers looking to peak for European competition and their international contingent slowly easing back into action. Darling plays his second game of 2009 while Charlie Henderson could be back for his first appearance since the turn of the year.
Further good news is Gavin Bourke's back injury is not as bad as first feared and he could be back within two weeks.
'Garvey have dropped to sixth in Ulster but still have the firepower of Cockram and the nous of Brian Waring and Mark Raphael to call upon in what should be an enticing fixture. Both sides need the win to stay in touch with Bann and CI.
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Glenanne will look to take advantage of the lack of domestic action of the sides above them to close in on a potential IHL place. Back in September, much of the talk about the two promoted sides centred on Bray and their new arrivals.
The Glens took a much lower profile, however, and have confounded expectations outside of St Mark's, Victor Shaw producing one of the league's hardest-working squads. As confidence has grown, they have added a significant cutting edge, too, with nine goals in two league outings in 2009.
They will hope to build on that, with Nicci Daly, Mary Waldron and Audrey McCormack looking to get on the board against struggling Trinity. David Bane has, at regular times, lamented his young side's naivety when it comes to game play.
Women's Division One (Saturday)
Cornithian v Bray, 2.30pm, Whitechurch Park; Trinity v Glenanne, 11.30pm, Santry Avenue
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
As the IHL takes precedence around the country, domestic action is limited to four back matches in men's division one and two. Corinthian have the most to gain with their match in Belfield as they can break into the top four for the first time this season.
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The IHA announced they will implement the ‘auto-pass’ rule for the senior interprovincials in March. It follows the recent announcement by the FIH that, from May, the ruling will be introduced for all international hockey.
The Competitions Committee approved the recommendation which came from David Passmore, Gene Muller and Paul Revington following the successful integration in the Irish Hockey Leagues.
Speaking about the move, High Performance Director David Passmore said “The inclusion of the auto pass rule in the Irish Hockey League has been very well received by coaches, players and spectators alike.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In eight years with the national side, McDonough amassed 117 caps since her debut against England in 2001 under Riet Kuper.
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The group phases take place this weekend, February 1, as the race to pick up the Tony Byrne title begins in earnest
The tournament this year will take place over the next two Sundays – February 8 sees the closing group games and the playoff stages – with the competition’s increased popularity boosting the number of entrants to ten with Kilkenny making a first appearance.
The Cats will be bolstered by Derek O’Gorman – the former Leinster centre-midfielder joining his former club for the duration of the competition as his outdoor club, Fingal, is not involved on the indoor circuit.
Kilkenny, enter a tough group with reigning national champs Three Rock Rovers one of the sides to watch. For this season, they add Venezuelan international Lucas Piccioli to last year’s squad. He impressed when lining out for Corinthian two seasons back and will bring his excellent close-control to bear.
His introduction, as well as the scramble for places in Rovers squad for the 2009 European championships, has left player-coach Liam Canning with an interesting dilemma.
The highly decorated indoor expert has a squad of 18 to choose from but has only 12 places on the flight to Cambrai and is considering whether he may be one of the players confined to a watching brief.
Corinthian, meanwhile, provides an unknown quantity with South African internationals Andrew Cronje and Darren Kimfley possible starters.
Glenanne, too, have been formidable in recent years reaching the semi-final stages last year but were edged out 6-5 by Monkstown. Dublin Uni complete the group.
Group 2 features regular contenders Railway Union under the tutelage of master of the boards Paul O’Brien. They have shown their intention to reclaim the main prize with an early season training weekend to Prague while Kevin King – a specific indoor coach from England – has been drafted in to man the sideline while Mick O’Connor guests once more on the field.
Monkstown, with Czech international Filip Jaros and coach Trevor Watkins at the helm, improved dramatically last year to be a real contenders too. They have Gavin O’Halloran included in their panel, on loan from UCD.
2007 champs Pembroke Wanderers cannot be written off while Trevor Dagg will hope to use his many successful years as an Avoca indoor player mould his young YM charges into a challenging side.
His former club round out what looks the slightly tougher of the groups.
Indoor hockey has undergone significant growth in the past few years, thanks in the main to the efforts of Paul O’Brien with a number of initiatives for getting youth sides involved inaugurated.
To this end, the IHA introduced a ‘Stepping Stones’ training courses in December to introduce people to indoor coaching – recognizing the importance the game can play in developing young players close skills and quick decision making.
(10:10am) Kilkenny v Corinthian; (1:30pm) Dublin University v Kilkenny; (2:20pm) Three Rock Rovers v Corinthian; (4:50pm) Dublin University v Three Rock Rovers; (6:30pm) Glenanne v Dublin University; (7:20pm) Glenanne v Three Rock Rovers;
(9:20am) Railway Union v YMCA; (11am) Avoca v Railway Union; (11:50am) Avoca v Monkstown; (12:40pm) YMCA v Pembroke Wanderers; (3:10pm) Pembroke Wanderers v Railway Union; (4pm) Monkstown v YMCA; (5:40pm) Monkstown v Pembroke Wanderers
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Monday, January 26, 2009
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*Words from Alan Good, click here to see the extended story
Veteran Irish international midfielder Mark Black was today hailed as a role model to aspiring players after he announced his retirement from international hockey.
The 29-year-old Cork Harlequins stalwart amassed 113 caps, scoring three times, in ten years in the green jersey, giving him and sibling Jason the distinction of being the only brothers to each chalk up more than a century of caps.
Black’s departure makes him the fifth player - alongside brother Jason, Cookstown’s Andy Barbour and Instonians pair Mark Irwin and Paddy Brown - to call time on his international career in the past 12 months.
“I have had to make the decision to pull out of the international hockey scene primarily due to work commitments, I couldn’t juggle both anymore so I have made the difficult decision to retire,” he said.
He paid tribute to the coaching staff he worked under, insisting they brought Irish hockey on “leaps and bounds”, and the gesture was reciprocated by David Passmore.
Passmore, who coached Black for six years at club and international level, said he will be a loss to the Irish side.
“Not only was Mark a consistent performer, he has always been immensely committed and his experience would have proved vital at this time of transition,” said Passmore. “He was a role model to aspiring players both on and off the pitch.”
Ireland manager Steven Hiles added "Nothing epitomised Mark’s dedication more than returning from a potentially international career-ending cruciate ligament injury in 2003 after which he returned to the squad to play on for several years after.”
He will now focus exclusively on his club hockey, and has little time to dwell on the decision as Quins face a season-defining couple of weeks in the Irish Hockey League and Irish Senior Cup, starting with Saturday’s do-or-die IHL clash with Annadale.
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A number of IHL sides are guaranteed to fall in the next round of the Irish Senior Cup as the second round draw threw up a number of enticing clashes.
The initial stand-out fixture on the men's side looks to be Pembroke's trip down south to take on Cork C of I though the Ulster derby between Lisnagarvey and Annadale catches the eye too.
Cookstown face another trip to Dublin after last weekend's narrow victory over Monkstown. They now face Fingal in another tough assignment in their pursuit of a first title since 1987 when they claimed the ISC on the grass at Blaris.
Corinthian make their tournament bow at home to Railway while Three Rock will not be happy to be on the road out of Dublin for a fourth successive week - this time travelling to the Ulster coast to play Bangor.
On the women's side, UCD's reward for beating the Club Champions of 2008 is to face the runners-up of that competition, Loreto. The other all-IHL ties see holders Pegasus enter the competition at Randalstown, Pembroke host Belfast Harlequins while Cork C of I face the longest trip - all the way up to Ballymoney.
Railway get another crack at putting one over on Alex while Glenanne will be full of confidence against Corinthian, following their recent 5-0 win.
Men's Irish Senior Cup Draw - ROUND 2 (February 7)
Mossley v NICS; Corinthian v Railway Union; Lisnagarvey v Annadale; Cork Harlequins v Raphoe/Banbridge; Bangor v Three Rock Rovers; North Down v Glenanne; Cork C of I v Pembroke Wanderers; Fingal v Cookstown
ESB Irish Senior Cup - ROUND 2 (February 7)
Loreto v UCD; Ulster Elks v Lisnagarvey; Railway Union v Old Alex; Randalstown v Pegasus; Corinthian v Glenanne; Lurgan v Armagh; Ballymoney v Cork C of I; Pembroke Wanderers v Belfast Harlequins
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Glenanne 4 (Nicci Daly, Ciara Nugent, Derbhla Kieran, Paula Fitzpatrick) Old Alex 4 (Lucy Cotter, Gillian Garrett, Jan Ovington, Lesle-Ann George)
A real rollercoaster of a game saw Old Alex take an early 2-0 before hosts Glenanne turned the game on its head before half-time to make it 3-2 at the break. Lucy Cotter netted soon after the restart before Lesle-Ann George put Alex in front once more.
But Glenanne showed once more there immense spirit to level in the closing stages to snatch a point. It moves them level with UCD in a tie for sixth-place while Alex missed the chance to go into the top three.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009
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Saturday, January 24, 2009
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.
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
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Flinn thought she had put UCD on the verge of the second round when she netted with their fifth stroke but her effort was disallowed due to taking the stroke before the whistle was blown.
Railway had much the better of their tie with UCC in front of the watching Gene Muller at the Mardyke. Kate McKenna gave the Park Avenue side the lead at the second attempt after she missed an initial opportunity, created by Jean McDonnell after she robbed Eibhlin O'Donoghue.
McDonnell soon after added a stunning strike, smashing home Emma Smyth's pass to make it 2-0 and Emer Dillon got the third to seal an impressive win. Joy was doubled up as Kate Dillon got the only goal in the Irish Junior Cup match between the same sides.
Pembroke are one of two other Leinster sides through, Karen Hales getting the only goal up in Knock. In the late game, Corinthian produced an excellent performance to beat Victorians 3-2, thanks to Leinster U-18 starlet Amanda Walker's brace.
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Friday, January 23, 2009
Arul Anthoni brings his Old Alex side to St Mark's on Saturday afternoon to face Glenanne - the female version of the men's side he currently trains - in an effort to jump back into a tie for third place.
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Clontarf will hope to maintain their three-point lead at the top of division two as they travel to bottom-placed Naas this weekend. They will hope to have Andrew Poynter available after he missed last week's game with Bray due to a late call-up for Irish cricket training. Rob Kelly could also return.
With Bray out of action this weekend, the chasing pack is led by Skerries who face a trip to Newpark to face Avoca - still reeling after an impressive YM racked up nine last weekend.
One bright spot was the form of Uruguayan goalkeeper Sebastian Percivalle and they will hope he can keep Alan Early at bay. Dublin Uni will hope to get revenge over Weston at Santry for a recent turnover while Navan aim to turn two 2-1 defeats at the start of 2009 to victory on their trip to Suttonians.
Naas vs Clontarf, 1pm, Caragh Road; Avoca vs Skerries, 1.30pm, Newpark; Dublin University vs Weston, 2.45pm, Santry; Suttonians vs Navan, 2pm, Sutton Park School
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UCD, meanwhile, welcome back international Roisin Flinn to the fray, to work in tandem with Lisa Jacob up front. Liz McInerney is also in following her time with the Ireland A panel.
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Bouyed by their midweek Mills Cup win over Three Rock, Monkstown return to the competition that caused them most joy last term, reaching the final. They host Ulster kingpins Cookstown in what looks the most appetising of Saturday's first round fixtures based in Leinster - though they may do so without the services of Alan Lewis who looks set to leave the club.
Three Rock travel down to Kilkenny for the second time in a week while Glenanne host IHT qualifiers Catholic Institute. Fingal have a tricky tie with Bandon - a side who enjoy causing the odd upset in this competition. Goalkeeper Nigel Grothier is out, to be replaced by Brian Wright while Derek O'Gorman and Richie Dore are also back in the fold after missing the game with Pembroke.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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Monday, January 19, 2009
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 3:36 PM
Genesis reward for their away-day win over Ballymena on penalty strokes sees them on the road once more in March as they travel to Limerick for the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey Trophy, courtesy of this morning's draw.
Ulster Elks v Cookstown; Catholic Institute v Genesis
Men's Irish Hockey Trophy: Semi Finals (Saturday, March 7)
North Down v Catholic Institute; NICS v Antrim
ESB Irish Junior Cup: Round 3(Saturday, February 28)
Cork HQ II v Hermes II; Cork C of I II v Loreto II/ Dublin Uni II; UCC II/Railway II v Armagh II; Galway II v Old Alex II
Men's Irish Junior Cup: Round 3(Saturday, February 28)
Pembroke W II v Corinthian II; Glenanne/Bangor II v Cork C of I II; YMCA II v Monkstown II; Cookstown II v Raphoe II
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 10:45 AM