Rixon-Fuller keeps Glens’ noses in front of rampant Garvey

Saturday: Lisnagarvey 10 (A Williamson 3, D Nelson 2, N Glassey 2, M Nelson, J Lorimer, S Murray) Cork C of I 0
Lisnagarvey continued their perfect start to the season with a comprehensive dismissal of Cork C of I, running riot in the second half.

They got off to a great start with Andy Williamson and Daniel Nelons both scoring from play in the first nine minutes and they held that lead until half-time after an even second quarter.

But the slide began in earnest for the Cork men two minutes into the second half when Williamson scored from a corner. Matthew Nelson and Neal Glassey stretched the lead to 5-0 at the three quarter time break.

Williamson completed his hat trick in the 53rd minute and four more goals arrived in the last 10 minutes as the score escalated quickly. Daniel Nelson scored a second, Sean Murray – captaining the side in the absence of Daniel Buser – Glassey and James Lorimer all got in on the act late on.

Sunday: Cookstown 4 (S Smyth 2, K Black, J Ames) Railway Union 2 (E MacArthur, M English)
Cookstown got their first points on the board at Steelweld Park on Saturday when they emerged as convincing 4-2 winners over Railway Union who scored their first goals of the campaign but remain without a point.

It was the Dubliners who started the game best, Rob Devlin with a reverse on five minutes, and Andy Colton also having a good opportunity. They went ahead 30 seconds into the third quarter from a turnover in midfield which set Mark English running in on the Cookstown goal.

His shot was going wide of the post but Eoin MacArthur was on hand to touch the ball over the line. Cookstown replied instantly with Jon Ames played in from a long corner and he roofed a powerful reverse to make it 1-1.

Railway goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe was in fantastic form and made the first in a series of top class saves from Michael Kerr and Andy Barbour to keep it at 1-1 while he also denied Ryan Millar after the interval. He was not able to keep out Stu Smyth’s powerful corner drive for 2-1, though.

Smyth, from a quick counter via a Josh McCabe save and a Keith Black long ball, converted his second a corner early in the fourth quarter. Ames picked out Mark Crooks who found Keith Black’s run for the fourth goal.

English got one back with nine minutes to go – via Jack Haycock’s ribs – to make it an edgy finish but Cookstown stood firm for their first points of the campaign.

Keith Black on the attack for Cookstown. Pic: Alan Donnelly

Three Rock Rovers 3 (L Madeley, H Morris, R Canning) Monkstown 1 (N Dee)
Three Rock got back to winning ways as they continued their fine run against Monkstown in the EYHL, making it six games without defeat against their Dublin rivals since the introduction of the competition.

Rovers were 2-0 up in a dominant first quarter as Luke Madeley dragged in a corner in the seventh minute. David Fitzgerald made a brilliant stop to deny Jody Hosking moments later but it was two when Rob McCollum got a cross in from the left baseline which fell to Harry Morris to hit home with an upright reverse.

Town were understrength up front with Davy Carson and Geoff Cole out of action and it cost them as they could not make more of their counter-attacks though Andy Ward led the line well. Ross Quirke drew a great save from Conor Quinn late in the first quarter from David Cole’s powerful pass.

The second quarter saw Rovers hold most of the ball with a couple of decent chances but it stayed 2-0 into the break. Town started the second half in more confident fashion, Quinn keeping out two corners, but Rovers soon forged a trio of big chances before Ross Canning got the third in the 52nd minute.

He created it, beating a few defenders to be two vs one with the impressive Dave Fitzgerald, eventually working the ball in at the second attempt. Canning went wide from a stroke soon after before Nick Dee got a consolation goal with eight minutes to go.

Glenanne 1 (R Rixon-Fuller) Annadale 0
Rowland Rixon-Fuller’s 68th minute goal maintained Glenanne’s lead at the top of the table, scoring the only goal of the tie at St Andrew’s against a battling Annadale. It was a tie with plenty of chances but often the final ball went awry, meaning the result was in the balance right the way to the end.

Dale caused a few scares via Peter Caruth’s crash ball and Adam McAllister being left open a couple of times, requiring smart work from Iain Walker. For the Glens, the final touch escaped Adam Clayton from their first main chance of the opening quarter.

Johnny Moore blocked the first Glenanne corner while a triple chance from another set piece was also repelled. David Tremlett was the next Dale man to be let free in the circle but his push was saved by Walker. A swift move through Gary Shaw, Neil Byrne and Richard Couse should have led to an opening goal but only a third corner and a saved drag from Shane O’Donoghue accrued.

In the second half, Walker made a brilliant diving intervention as Caruth broke through and tried to square to McAllister, blocking the near post deflection. Connor Roberts won Annadale’s first corner but Ben Wallace’s shot went into the stratosphere and off target. Another corner was saved by Walker and a third could have yielded more when O’Donoghue was sent to the halfway but the drag went over as Sam O’Connor sat out a yellow card offence.

Glenanne came back strong for the closing spell. Rixon-Fuller fired tamely at goal from a big chance but made amends soon after with a tasty behind the back touch to finally get the only goal of the game with two minutes to go. Dale had a corner soon after but a miscommunicated switch let the hosts off the hook.

Jack Ryan sets up Alan Sothern for the third Pembroke goal. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Pembroke Wanderers 3 (A Sothern 3) Banbridge 1 (Ph Brown)
Alan Sothern’s hat trick powered Pembroke to a 3-1 win over Banbridge as the hosts celebrated the formal opening of their new astroturf pitch in the best possible fashion.

It continued Pembroke’s productive start to the season, a contrast to last term when they earned only one point against the top five. They fell behind when Philip Brown continued his scoring start to the season since taking on the drag-flicking duties, making it 1-0 in the 14th minute.

Sothern levelled in the 22nd minute following a well-taken effort and put Pembroke in front early in the second half with another goal from play. And he made the points safe when he nicked in a Jack Ryan shot on the line from a break-out with four minutes to go for a 3-1 win.

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