Monkstown beat Pembroke to Win Men’s Irish Senior Cup Hockey after 99 Years

Final: Monkstown 5 (A Ewington 3, D Carson, A Ward) beat Pembroke 4 (A Sothern 3, R Flannery)

Irish Hockey Association LogoMonkstown ended their 99-year wait for Irish Senior Cup glory, finally breaking their hoodoo in the competition in the most thrilling of finals as Andy Ewington cemented his cult status at the South Dublin club. For the second time this weekend, he netted a silver goal winner, this time putting an end to Pembroke’s title hopes with the third goal in the first period of extra time.

Normal time had ended 3-3 in a thrill-a-minute tussle that Monkstown shaded on points and had the chances to put the game to bed. They led 2-0 after Davy Carson’s near post touch to Andrew Ward’s and Ewington’s drag-flick. Alan Sothern, though, tied up matters with a set-piece double, the first from the penalty spot and then directly from a short corner. Continue reading →

Railway Union are Champions of Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup

Final: Railway Union 3 (E Lucey, E Smyth, Z Delany) beat UCD 2 (S Greene, C Hill)

Irish Hockey Association LogoZara Delany’s superb second half goal saw Railway Union claim the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup for the first time at an icy Belfield in thrilling fashion to see off UCD 3-2.

Hers was the only goal after the interval following an end-to-end first half in which both sides swapped the lead. But Railway dominated the second period with some fine displays in midfield from Emma Smyth along with the tireless Jean McDonnell and Alex Speers up front while defensively, they did not give up a clear chance of note at the back. Continue reading →