Jonny Bruton helps Monkstown snatch Irish Senior Clup glory

Late equaliser paves thle way for an exciting victory over Lisnagarvey on penalties

Lisnagarvey’s Timothy Cockram battles with Kyle Good of Monkstown during the Irish Senior Cup final at the National Hockey Stadium at Belfield. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Lisnagarvey’s Timothy Cockram battles with Kyle Good of Monkstown during the Irish Senior Cup final at the National Hockey Stadium at Belfield. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

 

Monkstown summoned an incredible late salvo to snatch the men’s Irish Senior Cup title from under Lisnagarvey’s nose as Jonny Bruton’s goal 90 seconds from time earned them a penalty shoot-out.

There, they held their nerve with a perfect six strokes from six, meaning Stevie Arbuthnot’s horrific miscue handed Town the initiative which Gareth Watkins took with glee, making it 6-5 in sudden death at Belfield.

’Garvey skipper Jonny Bell was magnanimous in defeat afterwards but his internal thoughts about Town’s first equaliser may well be the longest lingering memory from a thrill-a-minute final.

Daniel Buser had given ’Garvey the perfect start when he fired home at the second attempt two minutes.

Town, though, got back on terms right on the stroke of half-time via a lovely move created by Bruton and Andrew Ward and finished by Davy Carson.

The only problem was the half-time hooter seemed to go before the crucial final touch. Indeed, the confusion was such that the on-field umpires discussed the decision for two minutes into the break before a goal was formally confirmed.

Lisnagarvey responded well and went back in front when Mikey Watt’s shot crept over the line with 15 minutes to go. But Town never gave up and kept pressing. Three corner chances came and went before Lee Cole’s flick was fumbled to Bruton to equalise at 2-2 before the sky-blues – wearing red for the day – prevailed in the shootout.

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