Men's Division One: Fingal 0 Pembroke 3 (Alan Sothern 2, Justin Sherriff)
Pembroke took their time but eventually found joy as they looked to break down another feverish half-court performance from Fingal in a good, clean battle at the airport this afternoon. The IHL champions enjoyed more of the play but – as Glenanne found last week in the Mills Cup – Fingal are a tough nut to crack on home turf and, while leading the first half corner count two-one, went into the half-time break at 0-0.
But the gaps began to appear in the second half with Alan Sothern opening the scoring with a nice dink over the goalkeeper following Justin Sherriff’s ball in. And he doubled his tally with a nicely executed first time reverse from a ball in from the left flank. Sherriff completed the scoring with a short corner hit. Paddy Conlon, though, picked up a thumb injury in the first half.
Glenanne 2 (Joe Brennan, David Keogh) Railway Union 1 (Jeffrey Spillane)
Glenanne recovered from a goal deficit to pick up all three points at St Mark's and move within seven points of league leaders Corinthian with three games in hand and in touch on a Pembroke side who lie five points ahead and one game extra played. Jeffrey Spillane added to his Saturday double for the second team in the Irish Junior for Railway with a forehand smash to open the scoring but Joe Brennan equalised from a corner breakdown before David Keogh got what proved to be the winner before half-time. The Park Avenue club remain in eighth place in the table.
Mills Cup, second round: TRR 0 Corinthian 3 (David Carson, Lucas Piccioli, Brian Doherty)
A rampant Corinthian first half performance paved their way into the semi-finals of the Mills Cup where they will face Pembroke, currently set for February 21. David Carson put the reds ahead of rivals Three Rock Rovers early on before an impressive Lucas Piccioli goal against his former club made it 2-0.
While man-marked tightly, the Venezuelan controlled a crash ball brilliantly before unleashing a fierce shot from five yards off the baseline. Brian Doherty whipped in a high drag-flick on the stroke of half-time to be in total control. Rovers switched out of their half-court game and enjoyed more of the play in the second period but were unable to convert any chances to get back into the game.