Monkstown at the double after 13-goal drubbing
National champions Monkstown made goal-rich progress on two fronts over the weekend as they followed up Saturday's thrashing of Weston in the Irish Senior Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Pembroke Wanderers in the EY League yesterday.
A repeat of the 13 scores they posted against the Leinster League minnows in the cup was never on the cards at Rathdown, but they still took the three points in emphatic fashion.
They were on course to go top of the new national league once Gar Watkins' improvised effort at a penalty corner gave them the lead before the break.
They extended the advantage with a dominant showing in the second half with the goals flowing from Kyle Good's overhead volley, Andrew Ward's tap in and Watkins' second from the penalty spot.
The first-round Cup games on Saturday illustrated the gulf between the haves and have nots in hockey, with four sides running double-figure scores - two in the men's event and two in the women's.
The most wretched defeat was inflicted on Cork Harlequins, cup winners in 2012, whose 14-1 humiliation in Kilkeel underlined their spectacular fall from grace.
Loreto gave a Halloween haunting to Pembroke in the women's Irish Senior Cup with a 3-0 win at Serpentine Avenue.
Hermes clocked up a dozen against Greenfields from Galway at Booterstown, where the imperious Anna O'Flanagan knocked in six on her own account.