1st XI
EY Provincial Playoffs Match Reports

The first XI travelled to Old Alex College, Dublin for the EYHL play-offs last weekend for a gruelling 4 match series to attempt to qualify for the semi finals.

With player/coach Steven Redpath and midfielder Adam Kyle unavailable along with recent recruits Dane Ward and Chris Barnes being ineligible, Instonians had to shuffle the pack, bringing in the experienced Julian Lewis, flying home Jonny Beckett from university in England as well as promoting schoolboys Ben Rose and Nathan Oakman to the squad.

EY Provincial Playoffs

The 1st XI are in action all weekend at Old Alex in Dublin.  The timetable for all the games is below.  If you are free please try and get down and support the team trying to achieve their goal this season.

    4 quarters x 12.5 mins
Saturday 14 April   Pitch 1 (men)
  10:15 UCD v Corinthian
  11:45 Mossley v INSTONIANS
  13:30 UCC v UCD
  15:00 Corinthian v Mossley
Sunday 15 April   Pitch 2
  09:45 Mossley v UCD
  11:15 Corinthian v INSTONIANS
  13:00 UCC v Mossley
  16:15 Corinthian v UCC

Ticket Prices:

  • Weekend pass (adult only): € 15        
  • Single day pass (adult): € 10
  • Single day pass (OAP/uni student/secondary school pupil): € 5        
  • Primary school children and younger: Free
1stXI back in the Premier League Title Race with great 4-1 win over Bangor
On a cold and frosty evening in front of a good crowd at Shawsbridge the 1stXI recorded an excellent 4-1 win over Bangor.
With an 8.15pm start it was always going to be doubtful if the game would finish.
Well done to umpires Eamon McFerran and Gareth Herron who allowed it to finish with a slight doubt over pitch conditions for only the last 5 minutes.
Bangor as their top of the league position indicate provided strong opposition and started well keeping the Inst defence on their toes.
After 10 minutes  Inst came more into the game in what can be described as their most disciplined performance of the season.
With John Watson back in the side Inst were able to attack at pace down the wings and first half goals from Ben Palmer and Dane Ward saw us go in 2-0 up at half time.
It had been a good team performance but special mention to Adam Kyle for a great mid field run which saw him set up our second goal.
A great piece of skill from Chris Barnes on the edge of the circle where he was unfortunate not to score.
Chris beat three defenders lobbed the ball over Andy Seay in the Bangor goal only to see it go over the bar.
Inst started strongly in the second half and a foul by a Bangor defender in the circle saw an award of a penalty stroke and Ward put Inst 3—0 ahead.
It was now all about hoping the surface continued to be playable but as the temperature had remained constant play correctly continued.
Inst had a good second half keeping constant pressure on the Bangor defence and Kelso was unfortunate not to score following a great move when his angled deflection shot struck the goal keeper who knew little about.
Another great move from mid field involving five player saw John Watson make it 4-0 to Inst.
Bangor did come back to score just before the end to make it 4-1 but the three points went to Inst to move us one point ahead of Bangor at the top of the Premier but Bangor do have a match in hand.
Inst have three Premier League games still to play so Instonians, Bangor and Kilkeel are all still very much in the title race.  Keep an eye out for these remaining games on the website.
1st XI v South Antrim

The Premier League has now split into Top 7 Bottom 7 but by losing 4-3 to Belfast Harlequins, last week Instonians went into the break in third place so a win at South Antrim on Saturday was most important.

The players responded well and came away from Lisburn with a 5-0 victory and three very valuable points.  Whilst we still remain in 3rd place matters are very much in our own hands as we have still to play the teams in places 1 and 2 and we will be looking for maximum points from both those matches. 

Chris Barnes’s return to Instonians has been so important to our goal scoring as another  two from Chris on Saturday brought his total to 15 in 5 matches.  We believe that Chris’s influence over the coming weeks will be so important to us as we continue our efforts to land the Premier League title.  Other scorers on Saturday were Gavin Leckey 2 and Dane Ward.

This week it is Portadown at Shawsbridge when again we will be looking for maximum points.

1st XI Hockey play Killkeel In Kirk Cup Semi – Wed 22nd Nov at 7.45

1st XI Hockey play Killkeel in the semi-final of Kirk Cup

Wed 22nd Nov


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