Sunday 21 January 2018

High School make class tell to dump Mark's and extend run

It was very much a Glenanne-inspired affair at St Mark's on Monday as High School successfully visited Tallaght to extend their Senior B streak to three wins on the spin courtesy of a well-judged 3-0 triumph, writes Stephen Findlater.

The club -- Irish Hockey League runners-up last May -- provided both captains and coaches for the two senior teams with High School now marshalled by Glens' club legend Paul Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick has been a near ever-present with the club since their big breakthrough in 1996, claiming the Leinster Senior Cup, and is now imparting his wisdom to the next generation.

Jonathon Kane was his opposite number on the sidelines, a player he played with for five years of senior hockey.

They witnessed High School being pushed to the wire by St Mark's but the class of Ireland U18 captain Shane O'Donoghue -- another Glenanne player -- eventually told as he struck twice to seal the win.

They came into the game off the back of wins over King's Hospital (4-0) and Wesley's Bs (2-0) to move into pole position in the title race.

Having belatedly confirmed their entry in the league, it was Mark's third game in a hectic six-day schedule. But they showed they are an emerging force with a number of players impressing on their senior debuts.

Chris Delmar was the pick of the bunch in the first half, overlapping from right back and clearing out numerous first-half attacks in conjunction with skipper Rhys Coleman and net-minder Karl Crosbie.

At the far end, High School keeper Gareth Carragher was also in for a busy day, pulling off a string of first-half saves as the sides raced forward at every opportunity.


But, from a solid midfield base, High School forced the lead when O'Donoghue pounced for a 1-0 half-time lead. And while Mark's battled hard in the second half, the visitors had the touch of quality to eventually pull clear in the end.

It ended a busy period for Mark's who began their week with a 1-1 draw with Donnybrook's John Scottus' school.

A Gareth Whelan double against Dundalk was not enough to nab any points last Friday as the Louth side, which includes Irish U18 Andrew Shekleton in its ranks, ran out 5-2 winners.

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