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2nd XI v Glenanne 2nd XI

On Sunday at Shawsbridge the 2nds qualified for the final of the Irish Junior Cup when they defeated Glennanne 2nds following shoot out shuttles by 7–6 Johnny Burden and Matty McCord had given us an early lead in the first 10 minutes which we held until half time.  Glennane came out very strong in the second half and with 3 minutes to go we were 3–2 down when a Matty McCord cross found John Watson who made it 3–3, so to the shuttles.

The score at full time was 3–3 but we won the shuttles 4–3 to go through to the final in Dublin to play against Three Rock Rovers.

This is the first time we have reached the final since 1981. The long wait is over. We won the IJC in 1978 when we defeated Cork C of Ire, in 1980 when we defeated Cookstown, in 1981 we lost in the final to Belfast YMCA. Whilst it was a great team performance expertly managed by Tim Hogg and Andrew Rose the star of the show was Schoolboy goalkeeper Finlay Marney who had an outstanding game. Each side takes 5 shuttles and if still level it then goes to sudden death. It was 3–3 going into the 5th shuttle Glennane couldn’t beat Marney so it was up to Stuart McNeice to see if he could put us in the final. Stuart scored and so the celebrations started with Finlay Marney being surrounded by his jubilant team mates. This was a great performance as Instonians had 5 schoolboys in their victorious squad.  What a day, what a match and what a result.  We are rightly proud of what they have achieved.

1st XI v Corinthians

On Saturday the 1sts qualified for the semi finals of EYHL 2 following a 1–1 draw with Corinthian Hockey Club Dublin.

The goal scorer was Club Captain William Robinson who has been in great goal scoring form this season.

Anderson Cup Final - postponed

Instonians play Kilkeel in The Anderson Cup final on Thursday 17th May at The Dub starting at 8pm



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.

U11 Finals Day - Boys and Girls

A season of hard work and impressive development reached its culmination at the Ulster Finals today. The u-11 boys A team won the championship after a thrilling 2-1 victory over Portadown. The team had gone unbeaten through 2 group stages and a semi-final without conceding a goal and scoring 30. The final was a stiffer test against a skilful and well-organised Portadown side. They went one behind, but battled back with flare and determination, with Matthew McAreavey firing a scorching reverse-stick shot into the top corner to give Seahorses a 2-1 lead. Then, in the last minute. at the other end, our goalie William Allen pulled off a wonder save, diving high to his left to palm away a sure-fire equaliser from Portadown. Moments of magic capped an afternoon of enchantment. Our warmest congratulations to our coaches Paul, Toby, Dan and Finlay, to all the parents who gave such splendid support and to all the boys who played in our three teams. The Bs and Cs also had successful tournaments with the Cs, a precocious squad of Y5s, making it through to the semi-final of the plate competition.

The u-11 girls were also in action in their Ulster Finals at Playball Arena Stormont. As per usual the girls were a little slow to start and unluckily went down 1-0 to Lisnagarvey. They then beat Elks 3-0, to set up a crucial match against tournament favourites Pegasus. Our girls played their best hockey and matched Pegasus throughout the close-fought encounter. We went inches wide twice and were undone by two Pegasus goals. Undaunted we won our last two games against North Down and South Antrim, but that narrow loss to Lisnagarvey proved decisive and they went into the cup while we progressed to the plate where injuries took a toll and we went down to a big, physical Ballymena side who narrowly lost in the plate final while Pegasus were pipped 1-0 in the cup final by Portadown. Well done to all the girls, a big thank you to Paddy and Jessica ( the master tacticians!) and to the wonderful parents who were a constant encouragement. They should be very proud of the progress we’ve made this season and the way in which we matched Pegasus is tribute to our increasing hockey prowess.

We would like to invite all parents to our club dinner to celebrate the success of youth hockey at Instonians. The dinner is on Friday 1st June from 7.30pm. If you’re interested in coming then please let me or Paul know. You’ll be most welcome.

We also will have an end of season hockey day with parents matches and competitions at Shaws next Sunday and then on Sunday 29th April we’re getting together for our end of season funday from 2pm onwards at Shaw’s Bridge. It should be a very enjoyable occasion.

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