Bann in the men’s EYHL driving seat with Garvey win

Men’s EY Hockey League
Banbridge 3 (Peter Brown, O Magee, M Allister) Lisnagarvey 0

Banbridge produced what could well be the crucial victory on Wednesday night in the race to the men’s EY Hockey League as they kept the title within their own hands.

Owen Magee returned for Banbridge after a lengthy absence. Pic: Adrian Boehm

They had fallen four points back from Three Rock Rovers due to the Dubliners playing their back matches, making this tie against last year’s champions a must-win affair.

And they got off to a flying start. Eugene Magee had already seen a drag-flick get taken off the line by James Lorimer before Peter Brown broke the deadlock, cleaning up off John Tormey’s pads for 1-0 in the ninth minute.

Garvey replied with a corner that Lorimer flicked while the same man drew a brilliant stop from Gareth Lennox – following Timmy Cockram’s run – as the tie remained 1-0 into half-time.

Indeed, the third quarter also stayed that way as Matthew Bell showed a cool head at the back for Bann to hold the greater momentum.

The game was put to bed in the final quarter when Owen Magee, back for the first time since Christmas, shot home a brilliant openside strike from the right edge of the circle.

Bell grazed the upright following a solo run before Matthew Allister added an extra finesse to the scoreline in the last minute, deflecting home Eugene Magee’s cross.

Bann now face home dates against UCD and Glenanne on the weekend before finishing the campaign against Railway Union. Win all three and they will be home and hosed no matter what Rovers can muster against Cork C of I away and Instonians.

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