IHL Mens Pool A
Monkstown 6 (Andy Ward 2, Gareth Watkins 2, David Cole, Kyle Good) Pembroke Wanderers 1 (Alan Sothern); Instonians 2 (Julian Lewis, James Correy) Annadale 1 (Matthew Allister); Cork Harlequins 1 (Philip McLaughlin) Cookstown 6 (Greg Allen 2, Jon Ames, Simon Todd, Steven Sloan, Ryan Millar)
Monkstown produced an incredible first half performance to blow away Pembroke and pick up a huge win to start their IHL campaign. They netted five times in the first half with Andy Ward starting the run when he tapped in from Nick Dee’s cross.
He was in the right place once again to finish off after Kyle Good’s great run and, with Pembroke collecting a string of cards, Gareth Watkins chipped in with the third goal with a diving touch.
David Cole rebounded a corner and Watkins and Good combined for 5-0 at the break. Alan Sothern pulled one back from a corner but Watkins closed out the win in the fourth quarter. Richard Sykes overhead was picked up by Good who played a one-two with Ward before Watkins dove onto his neat pass, making it 6-1.
In Shaw’s Bridge, Instonians claimed a 2-1 victory over rivals Annadale in front of over 250 hockey fans.
Inst took the lead in the 20th minute when Julian Lewis scored from open play having already seen three penalty corner situations come to nothing. Less than 2 minutes later Instonians doubled the lead through an excellent reverse stick shot from James Correy.
Annadale fought their way back and, with ten minutes remaining, Matthew Alister scored to set up a tense finish that saw Instonians come out on top.
Cookstown ran riot in Garryduff as they clocked up a 6-1 win over Europe-bound Cork Harlequins. They took control in the second quarter with Jon Ames converting a corner rebound past Nigel Bryan and Simon Todd potted a corner 30 seconds before the interval.
Steven Sloan slotted home after a great break while Ryan Millar made it four before Quins got one back from Dave Eakins shot which was deflected in by Philip McLaughlin. The revival was short-lived, though, as Greg Allen nabbed two goals in the closing phases.
Standings: 1. Cookstown 4pts (+5) 2. Monkstown 4pts (+5) 3. Instonians 4pts (+1) 4. Annadale 1pt (-1) 5. Pembroke 0pts (-5) 6. Cork Harlequins 0pts (-5)
IHL Mens Pool B
YMCA 3 (own goal, Ben Campbell, Stephen Parker) Railway Union 1 (own goal); Cork C of I 4 (Simon Wolfe 2, Ali Smith, Richard Lynch) Glenanne 1 (Eddie O’Malley); Lisnagarvey 2 (Andy Forrest, Jonny Quigley) Banbridge 3 (Stephen Dowds, own goal, Dane Ward)
YMCA won the Dublin derby at Park Avenue as they came from a goal down to beat Railway Union 3-1. An unlucky touch by Ben Chadwick in the circle put Railway 1-0 up in the first quarter only for Ben Campbell to tie things up when he got on the end of Richie Pedreschi’s cross.
Andy Walker missed from the penalty spot before half-time but YM moved ahead when Stephen Parker rebounded off Stephen O’Keeffe’s pads. And the win was sealed in the closing phases when Stephen Walker’s crash ball took a defensive touch into the Railway goal.
Glenanne, meanwhile, got off to a rough start as they fell 4-1 to Cork C of I in Garryduff. Ali Smith got the only goal of the first half off the back of David Harvey and Simon Wolfe’s one-two. Harvey’s shot was saved but Smith followed up to break the deadlock.
Richard Lynch did likewise for 2-0 when a shot got caught in Gareth Carragher’s pads. Wolfe finished off first time to make it three and his second completed his side’s scoring after an overhead wreaked havoc in the Glens’ defence. Eddie O’Malley got one late on with a touch to Rowland Rixon-Fuller’s drag but it had little impact in the final reckoning.
Up north, Banbridge continued their IHL hoodoo over Lisnagarvey as they came from 2-1 down to beat the reigning champions. The game was played at a very high tempo with Stephen Dowds giving Banbridge an early 1-0 lead before Garvey stomred back to lead 2-1 through goals from Forrest and Quigley.
An own goal in the 38th minute levelled the game up at 2-2. Banbridge struck the eventual game winner in the 60th minute thanks to a Dane Ward strike.
Standings: 1. Cork C of I 4pts (+3) 2. YMCA 4pts (+2) 3. Banbridge 4pts (+1) 4. Lisnagarvey 1pt (-1) 5. Railway Union 0pts (-2) Glenanne 0pts (-3)