Wednesday 29 March 2017

Hockey: Shaw treble keeps Glens on march

David Medcalf

Glenanne installed themselves as favourites to win the Irish Senior Cup as a Gary Shaw hat-trick assisted them into the semi-finals on Saturday.

But the Glens were reminded that they are not invincible yesterday when they dropped a couple of points to YMCA in the Leinster League.

Tallaght's finest appeared on the verge of making an abject exit from the cup when Lucas Piccioli's brace had Corinthians in command.

But Shaw's three-timer, mixed with some Mick McGuinness opportunism, turned the game at St Mark's on its head in the closing quarter.

The 4-2 victory put Glenanne into a last-four meeting with Three Rock Rovers, who also had to come from behind to dispose of Ulster aristocrats Lisnagarvey.

Northern interest in the competition remains alive in the form of Annadale, who must now travel to play Monkstown in the semis in April.

Glenanne became the latest victims of YMCA's push for a top-four spot in Leinster as the league encounter in Tallaght finished 2-2.

Young Shane O'Donoghue scored twice for the home team after Simon Mills' early breakthrough for YMCA. Parity was restored late in the day, when Andrew Walker beat 'keeper Stephen Doran from the penalty spot.

Irish Independent

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