Tallaght club lands perfect pair of national trophies

by Stephen Findlater
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Glenanne produced an immaculate comeback from 2-0 down to beat Lisnagarvey at Comber Road to get the win they needed against their nearest rivals, claiming the EY Hockey League and a spot in Europe into the bargain.

It was part of a sublime weekend which saw their second team land the Irish Junior Cup a day later.

On Saturday, Garvey went in front with the Nelson brothers combining, Matthew setting up Daniel to score with a fine backhand effort. Andy Williamson doubled up with a corner shot as it looked like Garvey would put the brakes on a title celebration.

But Glenanne have come back numerous times this term from losing positions to grab wins and they got a lifeline before the break via a Shane O’Donoghue penalty stroke.

And they produced the goods in the second half with O’Donoghue rebounding for his and Glenanne’s second goal. And the game-breaker came early in the fourth quarter from a quick counter-attack which Shannon Boucher finished off.

Six minutes later, O’Donoghue made extra sure with a flick into the roof of the net and they had the EYHL title secured for the first time; it was their first national title since 2010.

The EY Hockey League trophy and medals will formally be presented to Glenanne at their final home game of the season on April 28.

A day later, they had another national success on their hands when they won the Junior Cup for the first time since 1995, beating Pembroke 3-2 in the final.

Despite the time gap, Clinton Murphy linked the two teams, playing in both while Graham Shaw was also part of that 1995 vintage but missed the final due to an injury sustained in midweek.

The Glens built a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Enda Tucker, David Keogh and Daryl Carey before Pembroke fought back with Scott Furlong netting twice but they were left to rue not making more from their series of 11 corners earlier in the game.

Tucker got a great touch to Joe Brennan’s perfectly angled ball into the circle for 1-0. Keogh stepped up to score a penalty stroke soon after.

Carey then got onto the end of a clever run and cross from his former Weston club mate, just about getting enough on the ball to get it over the line early in the second half.

Pembroke ran up corner after corner in the second half but it took until their ninth set piece – with eight minutes remaining in the tie – to get on the board via Furlong.

His next came in the final minute with the game pretty much done and dusted in the Glens favour with another major piece of silverware secured.

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