THERE was agony for the Kilkenny men’s Firsts hockey team as they ended up on the wring side of an 11 goal thriller at Kilkenny College on Saturday afternoon.
Playing against Monkstown 3rd XI Kilkenny took an early lead when a long ball from defence found its way to Tristan Lynas. He played the ball past the Monkstown ’keeper for brother Adam to finish smartly from a tight angle.
Monkstown then came back strongly and with devastating effect. Three short corners led to three goals and a 3-1 lead for the visitors at half-time.
Kilkenny took full advantage of the break to regroup and a short corner strike from Tristan Lynas halved the deficit shortly after the restart.
This was followed by the goal of the day from Kilkenny winger Ross Comerford, who deceived the Monkstown ’keeper at his near post with a sweet strike through a tight angle. However, Monkstown then drove forward and scored twice, but Kilkenny’s Adam Lynas responded with another strike to the net, bringing the score to 5-4.
Spectators couldn’t afford to take their eyes off the pitch for a second. Monkstown looked to have sealed the win with an audacious chip for their sixth goal, but Kilkenny dug deep to mount another comeback. Skipper Tristan Lynas scored from close range to set up a tense final five minutes with the scoreline a tantalising 5-6.
Kilkenny might well have equalised, but one chance inched wide of the post, while a final attempt was stopped by a fine save from the Monkstown goalkeeper. Kilkenny left the pitch with heads held high but disappointed not to take something from the match.
Kilkenny Firsts: Omar Mahfoud, Liam Mulligan, Andrew Power, Michael Heneghan, Simon Creane, Dara Chadwick, Peter Cutler, Eric Comerford, Adam Lynas (2), Tristan Lynas (capt, 2) Lee Chadwick, Ross Comerford (1).
Kilkenny in Cup final
Kilkenny’s mixed Firsts and Seconds team advanced to the Galtrim Cup final with a 3-1 win over Skerries at Kilkenny College on Saturday afternoon.
Eamonn Walsh scored twice, the second of which was a fine strike from the edge of the circle on the turn, before Sunny Charles made the game safe with a reverse stick finish after a great team move.
Kilkenny will play Glenanne in the final, which will be held in Dublin on April 28.
Kilkenny: Omar Mahfoud, Mick Doheny, Deryck Rothwell, Simon Creane, Liam Mulligan, Sunny Charles (1), Rory McPhillips, Ross Comerford, Tristan Lynas, Adam Lynas, Eamonn Walsh (2).