Men’s EY Hockey League – day six round-up
Lisnagarvey 0 Banbridge 1 (M Bell)
Matthew Bell’s 53rd minute penalty stroke saw Banbridge move top of the men’s EY Hockey League, beating the reigning champions Lisnagarvey 1-0 in something of an arm-wrestle.
Indeed, chances were at a premium throughout with precious few openings of note as defences dominated proceedings. Bann had marginally the better of the first half chances though neither goalkeeper was tested in any meaningful way, mishit shots from Frazer Mills and Eugene Magee the pick of the chances.
The tempo increased in the second half with Bann keeper Gareth Lennox forced into his first touch of note, albeit from a miscued Daniel Nelson shot that bounced awkwardly at his feet.
As it was, the game was settled in the 53rd minute when Jonny McKee showed a flash of inspiration, beating two on the left baseline before his stick was checked, leading to a stroke. Bell converted calmly.
Magee produced another moment of magic before unleashing a rocket of a shot that James Milliken did well to palm away, denying a second. Thereafter, Garvey tried to force the issue but got minimal change out of a defence marshalled by Bell.
Glenanne 5 (S Brownlow 3, D Keogh, S O’Donoghue) UCD 5 (J Duncan 2, B McCrea 2, A Meates)
Stephen Brownlow’s hat trick saw Glenanne produce one of the unlikeliest of comebacks as they came back from a 5-2 deficit in the last 10 minutes to draw 5-5 with UCD in one of the most spectacular ties in the EY Hockey League’s short history.
It looked to be plain-sailing for UCD in the first half as Jeremy Duncan used his 3D skills to set up a chance and finished from a tight angle to give the students the lead. They increased their advantage when a ball ended up on the penalty spot for Andrew Meates to score.
Glenanne let four corners in the second quarter before UCD punished them further with a penalty corner drag for 3-0 at half-time. Indeed, UCD were in complete control early in the second half when Duncan ran free to score his second and his side’s fourth goal.
However, you can never write the Glens off and they pulled one back from a Stephen Brownlow drag high to the roof of the net. Within minutes, it was 4-2 when David Keogh dived to net a loose ball in the circle.
McCrea put three goals between the side with his second corner goal for what should have been a clinching goal. But the Glens dug deep and won a stroke which Shane O’Donoghue scored from.
Glenanne were now in the ascendency and an attack down the left saw Keogh slide a pass across the circle for Brownlow to slide in and score at the back post.
The Tallaght side poured forward straight from the tip off, forcing a turnover and earned another corner. Brownlow completed his hat-trick with another drag. They had the chance to win it at the death with a last minute corner but UCD just about survived with a point.
Railway Union 0 Three Rock Rovers 2 (L Madeley 2)
Luke Madeley’s pair of corner goals saw the defender celebrate his Irish senior call-up in style as part of a reasonably routine win for Three Rock Rovers at Park Avenue. He netted on the stroke of quarter-time for 1-0 in a game shy of major chances.
The sides traded corners in the third quarter with Madeley converting Rovers’ effort for a 2-0 lead. Railway’s efforts to make a comeback were stymied by a trio of yellow cards, Mark English, Kenny Carroll and Jeremy McKeever all spending time in the bin with Rovers suffering one green.
It meant Rovers eased to a third clean sheet in four games, conceding just once in that time. They were denied a third goal by Carroll’s superb save when Railway pulled their goalkeeper for the closing stages. Rovers handed a debut to former Railway man Ravin Nair.
Cork C of I 3 (J Dale 3) Instonians 1 (J Watson)
Julian Dale’s hat trick of goals in the second quarter meant he enjoyed a week to remember, adding the treble to his maiden senior international call-up, delighting a large crowd gathered ahead of the Andrew Chambers Memorial match in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.
After a scoreless first quarter, C of I – who were without John Jermyn on the day – cut loose in the second stanza. Dale’s drag-flick in the 22nd minute made it 1-0. Three minutes later, Philip Brownlow went on a mazy run along the right baseline, beating three players before being tripped by goalkeeper Sam Brown to win a penalty stroke. Up stepped Dale to convert.
The hard running Alex Burns won the ball in midfield, passed it to Dale who beat two defenders before lobbing the onrushing Brown to complete a six-minute hat-trick.
Inst fought back in the second half, winning four corners but the home defence snuffed out each effort from William Robinson. John Watson did get them on the board when he was found on the left of the circle and shot low and hard into the corner.
The Belfast side had more of the chances in the closing quarter but C of I were not overly troubled and held on for a fourth win of the campaign.
Monkstown 4 (K Good 2, A Ward, S Cole) Pembroke 1 (H Spain)
Monkstown eased to a 4-1 win over Pembroke for their fourth win from six outings to date in the men’s EY Hockey League. Andrew Ward gave the Town a half-time lead when he dove onto a Geoff Cole cross in the 11th minute.
Kyle Good scored the second, intercepting the ball before breaking into the circle on the left and shooting his tomahawk into the roof. Town had a third disallowed moments before actually registered for 3-0, Stephen Cole scoring on the switch.
Good tapped home the fourth from a rebound off a Geoff Cole slap at goal. Harry Spain got a consolation goal late in the game for Pembroke who remain in seventh place.