Saturday and Sunday 13/14 Feb
What built up to be a huge weekend left me a little deflated when I sat down to watch the Spurs
Men's 1s 2-2 with clontarf in the IHL qualifying league at the bull ring. Clontarf are a force to be reckoned with these days with the Mullins brothers leading the way. A game we should have won going ahead twice but we were pegged back and pushed all the way to the end. Goals from Andrew Jones and Benny C. Result doesn't effect the league but means a win against the dreaded Corinthians is a must next weekend
Sunday semi final Leinster senior cup v Corinthians. Politicians apparently like Hockey or there must be an election coming up!!
I decided in my superstition I would not watch due to not seeing the Y beat Corinthians yet but unfortunately that didn't pan out. They got in front and to be fair they know how to hold a lead , we knocked on the door many times but Ross Murray had all the answers and it remained 1-0 to the Reds and they make it back to back finals.
For YM they have to find a way to start converting chances that are certainly being created because the big games are every week now through to April. Don't see how two semi finalist are not dealt the same deck regarding fixtures but that seems to be an ongoing battle across the leagues
M2s vs. Rovers:
In an entertaining match from the outset YM were on the losing end of a 9 goal thriller.
Three Rock started the better of the two teams, scoring first, but not long after the Y equalised. The end of the first half finished 2-2 with YM very unlucky not to go in with a lead of 1 or 2. Cian and Kyle with 2 super goals.
Mental lapses cost the team 3 goals in the 2nd half with Three Rock racing to a 5-2 lead. The Y weren't done though, and fought back valiantly with 2 late goals and a last minute near miss. A 5-5 draw would've been fair, but unfortunately ended 4-5 in Rovers favour.
The group has taken large strides since the start of the season- a game that was lost 1-7 last time around. They should be proud of their progress!
Men's 3s had a double header with railway in the league and skerries in the semi final of the cup on the Sunday
This was always going to be difficult and proved that injuries and unavailability for two matches was going to be the downfall
A great start on the Saturday v railway with a comprehensive 4-0 win after a bad start. Goals from Brian Doherty, Robin , Marcus and pete thompson kept us in the title race and 1 point behind.
Sunday started badly with 3 pull outs due to injury and a bit of running around left us with 11.5 fit players. Skerries turned up with the whole town and showed what it meant to them. Unfortunately few early missed chances and a strong opposition we started to struggle. We lost another player to an horrendous tackle and the 11 v 16 showed as three break away goals but skerries in the box seat. YM rallied and an untimely injury to stew who played on with one arm and ruperts dislocated shoulder in goal stopped the come back after great strikes from Andy and Marcus. Final result was 3-2 a bitter pill to swallow , more availability and I think stronger use of the cards by the umpires proved crucial.
Men's 4s 3-2 v St Brendan's
A refix due to light failure fell in YMs favour as they secured a great win. Top of division 5 long way to go but delighted for a very well run side
Kyle, Cian and graham on the sheet
Men's 5s result
YM 1-2 James Gate
YM 0-0 Clontarf
An opportunity to get off the bottom of Div 2 missed but another point gained. Scoring goals a familiar story for the ladies. If they can put this right mid table can certainly be achieved in this tight league
Updated 22:36 - 16 Feb 2016 by YMCA HC Committee
Malahide 1-YM 6
Table toppers against the bottom side. Never easy away from home but the gulf in class on the pitch was evident and the only surprise was it wasn't more. It's a strong side and hopefully they can seal promotion as champions with 5 games to go
Las, eimear, Louise ....... Goal scorers