Sunday 15 December 2019

Monkstown coach lauds young side's character

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Monkstown player-coach Gareth Watkins hailed his back line’s willingness to put their bodies on the line as they nicked a vital 2-1 win over UCD in the men’s EY Hockey League, writes Stephen Findlater.

It halved the gap at the top of the table to two points, as they profited from Glenanne’s 4-4 draw against leaders Lisnagarvey.

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Monkstown had to dig deep after Guy Sarratt broke the deadlock. Rory Nichols, though, continued his goal-a-game streak with a ripper for 1-1. Davy Carson netted the winner in the second half after Mark Gibbons’ beautiful touch struck the post.

UCD dominated but found little change from a Town defence that was shy skipper David Cole. Keith Kenning was excellent in his absence in a youthful backline which Watkins paid tribute to.

“We have teenagers throwing themselves at balls just to touch them over sidelines in the last 10 minutes; the character is really strong in this team at the moment,” he said.

In the women’s EYHL, Pembroke and Pegasus lead the way. The former edged out Belfast Harlequins 2-1 with Orla Macken continuing her excellent form, striking a penalty corner shot through Marianne Fox for the winner. Pegasus were indebted to Niamh McIvor as she starred in a 3-2 comeback win over UCD.

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