Junior Cup victory boosts Cork Church of Ireland

Cork Church of Ireland annexed the Irish Junior Cup for the first time since 2009 with a 2-0 win over Monkstown at Belfield yesterday.

Both sides had missed open-goal chances before a moment of quality from Richard Lynch broke the deadlock in the 47th minute - the former Munster U18 skipper cutting in from the left sideline and rifling home. A penalty corner that went awry ten minutes later was then recovered and pumped to the backboard by Bernhard Fohrmann to seal a memorable success for skipper David Wolfe and his charges.

C of I’s firsts got a boost in their bid to avoid the drop from the EY Hockey League as they rallied late to draw 2-2 at home to Three Rock Rovers.

Daragh Walsh and Fred Morris buried short corner rebounds to put Rovers two up but C of I rallied via a pair of John Jermyn drag-flicks - both off corners won by Julian Dale - to earn a share of the spoils.

Lisnagarvey won the league with three rounds remaining thanks to a straightforward 7-2 success at basement side Annadale. Banbridge and Monkstown look set to follow them into the end of season play-offs but who joins them or gets relegated is anyone’s guess with 10 points covering the remaining seven teams.

In Munster, the men’s league title will go to the wire after UCC held off Bandon (3-2) at the Mardyke.

Wes Brownlow and Shrew Power seemingly had the students cruising only for them to open the door for Bandon in the final minutes as superb deflected goals from David Smith and Ivor Sweetnam pulled Denis Pritchard’s men level.

Bandon only needed a draw to take the title but College gathered themselves to win a corner that Sam Grace dragged to the net to keep UCC alive. The sides meet again at the Mardyke next week in a winner-takes-all title decider.


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