Julian Dale repeats the magic for Cork Church of Ireland

Another Julian Dale wondergoal looks to have saved Cork Church of Ireland from EY Hockey League relegation trouble.
Julian Dale repeats the magic for Cork Church of Ireland

The 19-year-old, who dribbled the ball over a goalkeeper’s head on a penalty shuffle in a Munster U21 final and found himself a viral video hit around the hockey world in December, pulled off a similar trick from open play to give his side a vital 2-1 win over Banbridge on Saturday.

John Jermyn had already cancelled out Stephen Dowds’ opener when he launched a huge overhead behind the Bann defence off a turnover in his own half with two minutes remaining. The onrushing Dale controlled the ball over the head of 6’7” Bann goalkeeper Gareth Lennox and walked it into the empty goal to give C of I a first EYHL win in six months.

With fellow strugglers Cookstown and Annadale failing to register a win over the double weekend, C of I now sit in eighth with a three-point buffer over Cookstown - who occupy the relegation play-off slot in ninth - and are 10 goals better off.

C of I’s second game of the weekend against Monkstown fell foul of the atrocious weather in Cork yesterday. But a point from either of their final two games will make them safe, and that superior goal difference gives them significant room for error too.

Bandon and Blackrock had weekends to remember as both brought national titles back to Munster following tense penalty shootouts in the finals at Belfield.

Ann-Marie O’Connell scored for the Rockies in their 1-1 Irish Challenge final draw with Galway before they won on strokes, a first national title after just four years.

Bandon took out Avoca in a shootout after a scoreless draw, which keeps the Irish Trophy in Munster for a third successive year after Cork C of I’s exploits in recent seasons.

UCC’s men did the necessary against Bandon for the second week, their 2-1 success giving the college a first Munster Senior League title after two periods of competing in the skull and crossbones spanning more than 100 years.

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