Friday 20 September 2019

Three Rock cap stunning year with shootout glory

Hockey

'It was left to old hand Garry Ringwood to sink the winning effort' Stock photo
'It was left to old hand Garry Ringwood to sink the winning effort' Stock photo

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Three Rock Rovers closed out 2018 with a sixth trophy of the calendar year by retaining the Neville Cup in dramatic fashion at Serpentine Avenue.

They edged out a shoot-out against Rathfarnham neighbours Corinthian to add the Neville title to the Mills, Irish Senior Cup, EY Champions Trophy as well as a couple of indoor titles.

Conor Empey had given a youthful Rovers side - featuring seven teenagers - a 1-0 half-time lead when he followed up a corner rebound.

Dan Treacy levelled midway through the second half to send the game to a shootout but Rovers prevailed 4-2 with goalkeeper Shane O'Brien - the hero in a similar fashion exactly a year ago - keeping two efforts out.

It was left to old hand Garry Ringwood to sink the winning effort.

In Munster, Bandon won the Peard Cup for the first time when they produced a huge comeback to beat Cork Harlequins, also in a shoot-out.

Julian Dale's double had put Quins in pole position at 2-0 with time running out but a Clinton Sweetnam drag-flick gave Bandon hope. Eoin Nyhan then pushed in the equaliser with two minutes left, earning the shootout opportunity which they gleefully took, winning out 3-2.

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