Men’s Division One
Glenanne 3 (Stephen Brownlow 2, Gary Shaw) Three Rock Rovers 1 (Alan White)
The title now looks set to be decided by two showdowns between Glenanne and YMCA in the coming weeks as the Tallaght-side’s cutting edge got them three more points at St Mark’s against Three Rock on Thursday night.
Stephen Brownlow’s pair started and ended the tie which had a few scares but ultimately was reward for their keener ability in either circle.
The former Avoca man’s first came from Gary Shaw’s prompting to make it 1-0 before Alan White continued his ascension into the Rovers’ first team plans as he was sharpest to finish off Peter Blakeney’s effort which rebounded off the post early in the second half.
It came during Rovers’ best spell but a counter, prompted by Joe Brennan’s overhead which was not dealt with and Shane O’Donoghuel laid up for Gary Shaw to score.
The third came three minutes from time as the Glens protected their lead with a high press which won them possession in the danger zone and Richie Shaw worked the opening for Brownlow to make it 3-1.
It leaves Glenanne in a share of top spot but with one game less played. That could be rendered meaningless, though, should they be outdone in their two game mini-series with YM.
For Rovers, they fall back in the IHL wildcard chase but have a reasonable run-in to contend with, starting with Weston on Saturday – whom they have to play twice along with UCD, Pembroke and Fingal at home