Carson’s late strike ends Town’s wait for win

Men’s EY Hockey League
Railway Union 2 (J McKeever, S McKeever) Monkstown 3 (M Romoli, J Lynch, D Carson)

Monkstown ended their four-game losing streak in the men’s EY Hockey League as Davy Carson grabbed a fourth quarter winner at Park Avenue. All the other goals came in the first quarter in a wild start to the one tie that took place this weekend.

Davy Carson scored the key goal for Monkstown. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Railway were first on the score sheet when against the run of play captain Simon McKeever scored a rebound following a crash ball in from the left by Adam O’Callaghan.

A minute later, Monkstown equalised when Jason Lynch arrived at the right post to put in a rebound after Stephen O’Keefe had made the initial save. Monkstown went ahead following a good right to left run by Kyle Good who crashed in a reverse stock shot which was tipped in by Matteo Romoli.

Just before the end of a busy first quarter, Railway got back on even terms from their first corner when Mark English’s drag was saved by Max Maguire but Jeremy McKeever was first to the rebound to slot the ball into the net.

The second quarter was more settled with Monkstown dominating but few clear-cut chances accrued. In the last minute before half time, Mark English won a corner but he put his ensuing drag wide. Monkstown quickly counter attacked, winning a corner on the half time hooter which was subsequently saved by O’Keefe and cleared by Railway.

The balance of power continued to be in Monkstown’s favour but Stephen O’Keefe and Kenny Carroll managed to clear the danger, with David Carson and Jason Lynch providing the main threats.

In a competitive final quarter, with both teams looking for the win, it was Monkstown who prevailed, edging ahead early on in the quarter when a through ball found David Carson free on the left of the circle and he drove the ball in at the right post.

With 6 minutes on the clock Railway withdrew their goalie in an effort to find an equaliser but Monkstown held firm to win the game by a single goal.

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