Sunday, March 21, 2010
Pembroke 2 (Alan Sothern, Justin Sherriff) TRR 0
Pembroke made it slightly harder on themselves than necessary, making for a nervy finished for all concerned as well as an anxious YM contingent until Justin Sherriff eventually rolled home with the last touch of the season to confirm the league title.
Rovers had started brightly, Sven Galjaardt miscuing a clear sight on goal inside 30 seconds before Pembroke upped the ante. Stephen West, though, continued his fine form with a string of fine saves while the Pembroke corner sputtered initially with three efforts denied and one effort chalked off after a radio consultation between the umpires. The fourth, though, drew the game's opening goal with Alan Sothern elaborately spinning onto his reverse and bashing off a defender's stick to deflect over West.
Pembroke continued to make more of the play but the longer the tie stayed at 1-0, the edgier the play became. Conor Harte was sin-binned for a full-length tackle on the marauding Mick Maguire to put Pembroke seriously on the back foot for the first time. Two corner chances - the second switched left to Peter McConnell skimmed wide - went unconverted before Pierre de Voux followed to the sin-bin for a bad tackle.
The suspension forced Rovers onto the back foot again and while the play sprayed from end-to-end, the hosts had the clearer chances. Sherriff saw a piledriver from eight yards batted away brilliantly by West's glove while Maurice Elliott reversed wide. But the tie was finally put to bed in the final seconds when Craig Fulton, a guiding light at right midfield, intercepted on halfway. He initially looked to run down the clock in the corner but, with the Rovers' defence stretched, Elliott was played in and he calmly rolled to Sherriff to tap in and retain the league title.
Clontarf 1 (John Lennon) Corinthian 4 (Brian Doherty 2, Henry Micks, Rowland Rixon-Fuller)
Corinthian did all they could but the nature of the final day meant the their destiny was always out of their hands. They sped into a 3-0 lead, Brian Doherty netting a drag-flick while Henry Micks and Rowland Rixon-Fuller were also on the mark before the break. John Lennon pulled one back from a corner move in the second half but Doherty's second flick confirmed the win. The Bulls drop out of division one after one season and the players also said goodbye to Ben Hewitt who emigrates to Australia before the new term begins.
Railway Union 0 YMCA 2 (Simon Mills, Rob Whelan)
YMCA have a shot at a first IHL appearance as they benefitted from Three Rock Rovers' loss as they had too much in the tank for Railway Union. Simon Mills' first half drag-flick was supplemented by Rob Whelan's corner rebound to take the points before being left on tenterhooks for ten minutes as they awaited the final result across the DART tracks. They now face either Lisnagarvey or Instonians in the wildcard playoffs - currently pencilled in for mid-May - and Munster's Bandon.
Monkstown 3 (Frank Ryan, Gareth Watkins, Brian Groves) Glenanne 3 (Joe Brennan, Eddie O'Malley, Graham Shaw)
Monkstown got a point en route to fourth place in the standings and an automatic IHL place as Brian Groves struck a minute from time, ensuring Glenanne ended the season on another low-key moment. The Town got off to the perfect start, racing into a 2-0 lead through Frank Ryan and Gareth Watkins. But Joe Brennan's corner rebound and Eddie O'Malley's strike from play tied the game up at the break before Graham Shaw scored from another corner for 3-2. But, with Jonathon Kane and O'Malley serving yellow-card suspensions, Monkstown picked off a final goal from nine-man Glenanne.
Fingal 4 (Gary Sharman 2, Tom Manning 2) UCD 1 (Tim Hill);
Fingal completed a tough season on a high, unbeaten in four league ties with a comfortable final day win over UCD. An incredibly open fixture, plenty more goals could have arrived for two sides with nothing to play for but Gary Sharman and Tom Manning both bagged braces before UCD skipper Tim Hill scored in the final minute of the season.
Men's Division Two:
Bray 0 Weston 5 (Phil Barron 2, Shane O'Hare 3)
After a day off the top rung, Weston eased back into top spot with Shane O'Hare inspiring a comfortable win over bottom placed Bray this afternoon. The result confirms Trinity are out of contention for the automatic promotion place while it creates a four point wedge between the Lucan club and the two remaining challengers, Avoca and Suttonians. It is a big week for both with midweek fixtures to be played.
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