Monday 14 October 2019

Portrane put to sword by Corinthians

Men's hockey - Corinthians 11 Portrane 1

An understrength Portrane side were overwhelmed in division 1 on Saturday afternoon as hat-tricks from Ian Stewart, Davy Howard and Glenn Holmes consigned the Donabate side to a landslide defeat.

Portrane were coming off the back off a morale boosting 5-0 victory over local rivals Dublin North in the Mills Cup a week earlier but a raft of players were unavailable for this division one tie which ensured that this was going to be a long day at the office for the visitors. The hosts went into the game looking for a win to keep up with division 1 pacesetters UCD and Rathgar. The home side had begun the season with a defeat and a victory and knew a win here would catapult them up to third with a whole host of sides not in action over the weekend.

Corinthians looked very up for it in the early stages and didn't take long in breaking the deadlock as Ian Stewart beat Daniel Graham from close range to give the hosts the lead. Within two minutes it was 2-0 as Davy Howard latched on to a Glenn Holmes through ball before slotting the ball home smartly.

Portrane were struggling to get out of their own half and in the blink of an eye it was 4-0 as Corinthians scored two in quick succession through Howard and Stewart to leave the Donabate side with a mountain to climb. Corinthians scored two more before half time to end the game as a contest.

The second half saw Portrane enjoy their best spell of the match and they managed to get one back through Sean Graham who finished off well following some excellent approach play from Imran Khan. However, that goal proved to be just a brief respite from the continuous Corinthians pressure and the home side restored their six goal advantage as Stewart completed his hat-trick.

A bad day at the office was made worse for Portrane with the sending off of Derek Ledwidge and a miserable day was completed as Corinthians rattled home four more goals late on to wrap up a convincing 11-1 victory.

Portrane will be hoping to make amends next time out when they host winless Dublin University in Henchy Park.

Portrane: Daniel Graham, Shane Healy, Brian MacMahon, Neil Kidd, Rory Govan, Rory McKeon, Imran Khan, Tom McKeon, Sean Graham, Colin Neville, Derek Ledwidge.

Fingal Independent