Men's Irish Senior Cup:
It was not pretty but Three Rock Rovers returned to the last eight of the Irish Senior Cup following a dramatic penalty stroke competition to oust reigning Ulster champions and 2009 finalists Cookstown at Grange Road. Peter Blakeney was the man to finally send Rovers through on a 7-6 stroke score-line, earning some redemption after his penalty in the first round of strokes had threatened to scupper his sides chances of progressing.
But Godfrey Irwin, who had enjoyed a fine game for the Co Tyrone visitors, missed for the second time in the competition to hand Rovers a place in the quarter-finals where they will play Lisnagarvey, again on home turf.
The drama of the strokes was a far cry from the lack of interest created in the preceding 85 minutes with one particularly cynical observer describing the final whistle as one of the day's highlights. Cookstown held the balance of play but chances were scarce. Ian Hutchinson struck the bar from a corner-switch while Stephen West pulled off two excellent blocks while Rovers had two calls for penalty strokes turned down.
Other than that, it was a scrappy affair punctuated by moments of quality while Rovers used one of the youngest benches around with Alan White, Tom Samuel, David McCrea, Shane Madeley and Ross Canning all members of the club's U-16 side who won the Benny Atkinson cup last March rotating in and out.
Cookstown's young tryo Ian Sloan also showed his trickery but ultimately the shoot-out was the game's main talking point as Rovers made up for last year's penalty exit at the hands of Glenanne.
They were joined in the last eight by Monkstown who needed extra-time and a golden goal from Brian Groves in Raphoe to complete the draw for the quarter-finals.
Goals from Runar O'Moore - his third in four days - and Andy Ewington cancelled out Stuart Stevenson and William Kilpatrick strikes to end normal time at 2-2 but the experienced Groves was on hand to decide the day and a date with Kilkeel at Rathdown beckons on February 27.
Second round results:
TRR 0 Cookstown 0, TRR win 7-6 on penalty strokes; Raphoe 2 (Stuart Stevenson, William Kilpatrick) Monkstown 3 (Runar O'Moore, Andy Ewington, Brian Groves) aet golden goal
Banbridge vs Annadale; Monkstown vs Kilkeel, TRR vs Lisnagarvey; Glenanne vs Corinthian
* For more of Adrian Boehm's photos from TRR vs Cookstown, click here