Tuesday 24 October 2017

Hockey: Butler flick enough for Glenanne

David Medcalf

Holders Pembroke Wanderers crashed out of the Irish Senior Cup at the hands of their success starved Dublin neighbours Glenanne.

On a day when four of the eight scheduled cup ties were postponed due to the frost, Pembroke's Serpentine Avenue pitch was playable.

And the two sides produced a match that was high on intensity, though low on chances created over the 70 minutes.

The one opportunity that counted was tucked away on 55 minutes at a penalty corner by Stephen Butler, whose drag flick went over the line, despite the fact that Pembroke 'keeper David Harte got a hand to it.

The result ended a frustrating run for Glenanne, who had not beaten their fellow Dubs in more than two years.

Though the Glens may now be favourites to take the cup, Corinthians suggested that their table-topping form in Leinster is no fluke.

They terminated Munster interest in the competition as they beat Cork C of I more convincingly at Whitechurch Park than the 4-3 scoreline suggests.

Lisnagarvey arrived from Hillsborough to play Fingal for the fifth time in the past eight cup campaigns and with the same result once more -- a 'Garvey win -- this time thanks to a Greg Thompson brace.

And Dublin YMCA had a fruitless journey north to Kilkeel, where the home side clawed their way back from a 2-0 interval deficit to win 3-2, the winner coming from Gareth Russell.

Irish Independent

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