YMCA se­cure place in the EY Hockey League for first time

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports - STEPHEN FINDLATER

YMCA al­most con­trived to blow it but even­tu­ally se­cured a place in the men’s EY Hockey League for the first time as they beat Ban­gor in a shoot-out at the Mardyke to win the pro­vin­cial pro­mo­tion play-off se­ries.

The Ballinteer-based club looked all but home and hosed with 10 min­utes to go of the play­off fi­nal when Sam Hy­land put them 4-1 ahead fol­low­ing a largely dom­i­nant per­for­mance.

In­deed, they had led 3-0 via a Ben Camp­bell dou­ble and one from Jamie Tobin.

But sud­denly got white-line fever and the coast Ul­ster side pounced to score a scarcely be­liev­able three times in the last eight min­utes with Ryan Burgess scor­ing a hat trick.

Level at 4-4, it sent the game to a shoot-out but YM re­gath­ered with goal­keeper Jakim Berns­den keep­ing out two ef­forts be­fore An­drew Jones popped in the win­ning ef­fort.

It was a suit­ably dra­matic endgame to match their sea­son. The Dublin­ers looked down and out in Jan­uary, falling nine points be­hind Corinthian in Le­in­ster Di­vi­sion One but got a big re­prieve when a reg­is­tra­tion er­ror from Dublin Univer­sity saw the Y pick up three points from an ini­tial 2-1 loss.

They will re­place Rail­way Union in the top tier as they lost 7-0 to Lis­na­gar­vey in a game they needed to win. Cook­stown will meet Ban­gor next Sun­day in the last pro­mo­tion-rel­e­ga­tion play-off tie.

Pem­broke, mean­while, com­pleted the line-up for the EY Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy with a 4-3 win over Cork C of I, Alan Soth­ern bring­ing his tally to 10 goals in a week with a brace.

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