Massive congratulations to local hockey club Glenanne who won the Mills Cup on St Patricks Day following an epic tussle with Monkstown.
The club based in St Marks Community School put their supporters through the full range of emotions in a match that had to be decided by a shoot out after the sides finished up all square at 2-2.
David Keogh and goalkeeper Leo Micklem were the heroes for Glenanne as Keogh scored two shoot-outs and Micklem made a number of outstanding saves to help their club win their first Mills Cup for nine years.
Glenanne had to do it the hard way against a formidable Monkstown side who took the lead from a corner in the 12th minute. Eddie O’Malley drew Glenanne level with a tap in from a Stu Ronan pass but they went off trailing at half time after Monkstown edged into a 2-1 lead.
The second half saw the local side show great spirit and belief and after forcing a series of penalty corners Stephen Brownlow made it 2-2.
Neil Byrne and Clive Kennedy and Neil Byrne almost won it for the Glens in normal time.
Both sides nerves were frayed when the shoot-out yielded only one goal from either side from the first five rounds.
Sudden death saw David Keogh score a second with an excellent finish before Micklem saved from Monkstown’s Kyle Good to hand Glenanne the Leinster senior title and spark wild celebrations.
Glenanne: L Micklem, D Keogh, R Rixon-Fuller, N Byrne, P Byrne, E Tucker, E O’Malley, S Ronan, J Brennan, S Brownlow, C O’Neill, G Shaw, S O’Connor, C Kennedy, A Clayton, R Couse