Men's Irish Senior Cup, quarter-finals:
Two-nil proved a perilous lead this afternoon in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals as both Lisnagarvey and Corinthian built such a lead only to be miss out on a final four place at the hands of Three Rock and Glenanne respectively.
They will be joined there by Monkstown and Annadale who similarly tight wins over Kilkeel and Banbridge, both by just a single goal.
Glenanne left their comeback the latest as they needed a Gary Shaw double inside the last three minutes to finally secure their 4-2 win over the reds, having looked dead and buried with 19 minutes to go. Shaw continued his superb run of late, cracking home a trio of superb goals as he raised his side at St Mark's and keep hopes of a third Irish Senior title and a route into the EHL.
Lucas Piccioli goals on 18 and 49 minutes had Corinthian in command but the Glens' immense fighting spirit meant the tie was scarcely up and they were level within five minutes, Shaw and Mick McGuinness netting.
And, with extra-time looming, Graham Shaw laid on the most sublime of through balls to Gary Shaw and his finish was picture-perfect to hand Glenanne the lead for the first time with just two minutes left on the watch. He added the fourth for good measure in the final seconds to confirm their semi-final berth.
Rovers' comeback was complete before the first half was even up as they responded to a nightmare first 20 minutes with real venom. 'Garvey dominated the early proceedings at Grange Road, Timmy Cockram in fine form and earning a corner inside 45 seconds. He was to find a regular foe in Stephen West, though, who blocked all five of his corner drags while generally enjoying a brilliant day between the posts.
He was unlucky, though, to concede in the sixth minute as Cockram's gentle flick (right) first got caught in his pads and, while searching to find the ball, it bizarrely dropped out and rolled over the line. Mark Robinson volleyed home a brilliant rebound first time to make it 2-0 in the 18th minute as the Ulster side threatened to run riot, Johnny Gray a driving presence down the left flank.
But Rovers were galvanised by Ross Canning's opportunism as he dove in ahead of a couple of defenders to touch home Michael Maguire's smashed free from just outside the 25. Up to that point, Rovers were listless but with a lifeline offered, they duly grabbed hold.
Pierre de Voux ran around his backhand to thump home a forehand shot to finish off a long-corner move before Sven Galjaardt - who had already served notice of his corner prowess, forcing an amazing save from David Williamson - winged in a drag-flick to make it 3-2 in the 33rd minute.
No goals followed but plenty of drama as the sides took it turns to miss easy chances. Cockram reversed wide from six yards with the Rovers' defence scattered while de Voux - playing his best hockey in a Rovers' jersey - laid up an excellent chance only for Canning to miss a touch from two yards.
David Storey sat out the last five minutes to raise the tension further but the hosts had the chances to kill the game. Peter McConnell pushed a corner switch inches wide from eight metres, Paddy Shanahan also went close but they held on squeak into the semi-finals.
Monkstown made it three Leinster sides into the semi-final, reaching this stage for the second time in three years when they scored the odd goal in nine to edge out Kilkeel.
They had to rely on a Stephen Cole reverse-stick save off the line in the game's last play, though, as they almost let a 5-2 lead be turned into an extra-time dog-fight. Kilkeel had led at 1-0 and 2-1 but, first, Ian Allen and then Runar O'Moore equalised before a Gareth Watkins' penalty stroke and a brilliant deflection from the same player to Brian Groves' ball had the Town cruising.
Andrew Ward added the fifth before Monkstown eased off the gas and conceded twice, setting up a grandstand finish. And they were almost caught but for the covering Cole to save the sky-blue blushes.
Annadale, meanwhile, fly the lone northern flag after Ian Hamilton's double disposed of Banbridge. He struck twice to put 'Dale in a strong position before Dermy Reay responded in the second half.
Irish Senior Cup, quarter-final results:
Three Rock Rovers 3 (Ross Canning, Pierre de Voux, Sven Galjaardt) Lisnagarvey 2 (Timmy Cockram, Mark Robinson); Glenanne 4 (Gary Shaw 3, Mick McGuinness) Corinthian 2 (Lucas Piccioli 2); Banbridge 1 (Dermy Reay) Annadale 2 (Ian Hamilton 2); Monkstown 5 (Gareth Watkins 2, Ian Allen, Runar O'Moore, Andrew Ward) Kilkeel 4 (William Annett, Craig Cunningham 2, Gareth Russell)
* For more of Adrian Boehm's photos from Three Rock Rovers vs Lisnagarvey, click here