Saturday, January 16, 2010

Suttonians soar as McGrath dons Badgers' pads

Men's Irish Hockey Trophy - Quarter-final
Suttonians 4 (Richie Wormold 2, Simon Walsh, Ed Hipwell) Queens 2 (Richard Kerrigan, Mark Lavery)
Suttonians secured a first ever national semi-final appearance as they came from a goal down and survived a goalkeeper suspension to beat Queen's University 4-2 at Sutton Park this afternoon. Richard Kerrigan had given the Ulstermen the lead early on but Simon Walsh and Ed Hipwell's goals put the Dubliners in the lead by the break. Richie Wormold second half double - one from a corner, one from play - built an imposing lead before James Murtagh was sin-binned with Tom Hipwell  acting as a kicking full-back until Raoul Holden donned the pads in his stead. They survived three corners in that time before Mark Lavery did pull one back but it was too late to threaten Suttonians. The semi-final draw had mixed blessings, avoiding competition favourites NICS but they must still travel to Belfast to play Harlequins.

IHT result: Catholic Institute 2 (Justin O'Sullivan, Gareth Creamer) Belfast Harlequins 3 (Chris Lemon, Chris Murphy, Steve McGrath)
IHT semi-final draw: NICS vs Antrim; Belfast Harlequins vs Suttonians

Men's Division Two
Navan 0 Weston 0
Coach Steven McGrath proved an unlikely hero for Navan as the former Three Rock goalkeeper was called on to wear the pads against Weston after regular netminder Emmet Moore tore a hamstring in a freak warm-up injury. He kept his sheet clean and the Badgers felt they had the three points in the can when they netted ten minutes from time only for a lengthy appeal and umpire's consultation ruled out Simon Clarke's corner - height being the debated factor. Other than that, the game was end-to-end and hotly contested with Weston's Alan Browne (dissent) and Navan's Francis Houlihan (bad tackle) seeing yellow.

Dublin University 9 (Hal Sutherland 2, Chris Tyrell 2, Andrew Beverland 2, Daire Coady, Tolly Humphries, Craig Moore) Bray 1 (Phil Davis)
Trinity picked off their biggest win of the season as they beat Bray with plenty to spare. Tolly Humphries, Daire Coady, Chris Tyrell and Hal Sutherland created a 4-0 half-time lead before the lead stretched to five  from Andrew Beverland's freak deflection before Phil Davis potted a corner. But four more Trin goals made for a comfortable afternoon.


Anonymous said...

in the trinity game tolly humphries got two and hal sutherland got one

Anonymous said...

ooh ah Steve McGrath, say ooh ah Steve McGrath!!!!

Two points definately dropped there for the Badgers! Ah well, you'll scarecely witness a more entertaining nil all draw, sure it had everything bar goals...oh wait

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