Winless weekend worries Wanderers as men discard leads in 6 games

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Winless weekend worries Wanderers as men discard leads in 6 games

Ahead on the scoreboard in 6 games last weekend counted for little as M1s to 6s let leads slip away to turn in 4 losses and 2 draws on a sorry weekend for the men’s club.

Striking at the heart of the club was the M1s capitulation in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-final away to Cookstown. Ahead and cruising thanks to Alan Sothern and Jack Ryan they hit a few false neutrals to allow the Ulstermen back into the game, succumbing eventually to a sickening Scott McCabe winner deep into the 4th quarter. Final score: 3-2 (loss).

M2s shared a similar fate in their division 2 clash away to Corinthians with strikes from Jordan Lyner and Paddy Good setting a nice rhythm and a commanding position for the Wanderers before yielding turf, goals, and eventually all 3 points to a fired-up home team. Final score: 3-2 (loss).

M3s went ahead in their away clash to Rathgar from a sweet Zack Waters strike before conceding an equalizer 60 seconds later. Keane Cooke added a second after half time to give cause for celebration, short-lived celebration however, as the Chiefs equalised in the 4th quarter to frustrate the electric John Lynch and resolute Micheal Tijs, both refusing to go quietly into that good night with totemic performances at opposite ends of the turf. Final score: 2-2

M4s had home advantage against an old frenemy in the form of TRR 4s. The spoils are usually shared in this encounter – both home & away – and this game refused to depart from the script. A flying finish from John Lynch in his warmup game for the Rathgar match put the home noses in front before a well taken TRR eualizer shared the spoils. Final score: 1-1.

M5s took the baton from Gavin Miller and trotted out onto the Serpentine pitch as the second act in the weekend denouement versus Three Rock. The nets took a pounding at both ends with 9 goals finding their way across the goal line, unfortunately only 4 of those in favour of the home side. A Neel Bhandari double backed up by a long-overdue goal from Justin Murray and a won & subsequently converted penalty stroke from Neil McDermott brought the Wanderers perilously close to a big win, Alas, on such fine margins are wars, political contests, and it seems hockey matches, decided. Final score: 5-4 (loss).

M6s took their lead from the rest of the club by taking the lead on the pitch in their bottom of the day home clash versus visiting Naas 2s. An early strike from Michael Payne giving hope to the Travelling Wilburys, shorn of usual stickman Adam Keating. Some excellent work from Gary Park and Conor Fitzpatrick in the heart of the Pembroke defence repelled the Kildaremen for almost an hour before spectacularly relinquishing control of a very tight game. Naas still shaking their heads in disbelief. Final score: 2-1 (loss).

 

Posted by Dave Broderick

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