Hockey: Three Rock Rovers roar back to beat Glenanne and win Mills Cup
Hosking lays on perfect pass for English to touch home the killer fourth goal
Three Rock Rovers’ Jody Hosking: he played a big part in the team’s fourth goal. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho
Three Rock Rovers 4 (J Hosking, B Walker, H Morris, M English) Glenanne 2 (J Saeys, B Venter)
The Three Rock Rovers juggernaut rolls on as the club retained yet another trophy at Grange Road, storming back from 2-0 down to win the Mills Cup with a 4-2 victory over Glenanne.
It adds a tenth trophy in the past 24 months, marking this out as probably the most successful period in the club’s 125-year history.
For the current campaign it adds to the Neville Cup, Leinster and National Indoor Trophy as well as promotion in Europe indoors and advancement to the Euro Hockey League outdoors.
For Glenanne thoughts of what might have been will linger. They were breathtaking for the first 20 minutes, and deservedly 2-0 up when Jerome Saeys won and scored a penalty stroke and Brad Venter smashed in from the top of the D.
Jamie Carr once again was earning his salt between the posts, but the game began to turn as half-time closed in.
Rovers got one back through captain Jody Hosking from a surprise corner variation, sweeping in low from the left of the circle.
It kickstarted a run of four goals in 18 minutes as Luke Madeley took the pace off a drag-flick to allow Ben Walker to guide home. Harry Morris then cleaned up from Kevin Mullins half-hit shot to give Rovers a 3-2 lead.
Hosking then played a brilliant part in the killer fourth goal. He emerged from a green card sin-binning at the perfect time to race off the bench and create an overlap from which he beat his marker for pace and laid on the perfect pass for Mark English to touch home.
GLENANNE: I Walker, D Keogh, B Venter, C Jakobi, N Byrne, E O’Malley, S Boucher, J Brennan, R Shaw, G Gibney, S O’Connor. Subs: G Shaw, S Brownlow, J McCormack, J Saeys
THREE ROCK ROVERS: J Carr, R Nair, M Walker, R Canning, B Walker, L Madeley, D Walsh, H Morris, J Hosking, M English. Subs: C Empey, A Empey, K Mullins, J McAllister, H MacMahon
Umpires: R Abbott, R Argent