EYHL Division 2 – day two round-up
UCD held on for an important Pool 1 win in Bandon as two goals in the first quarter put them on course for a 2-1 result in west Cork. David Nolan slapped in a clever corner slip to make it 1-0 and Andrew Tutty weighed in with the second soon after.
Bandon had the best of it after half-time with Mark Collins and Clinton Sweetnam going close. Bandon missed a stroke before Fionn O’Leary got a corner goal with seven minutes to go but no equaliser was forthcoming.
Railway Union moved to the top of Pool 1 on goal difference thanks to their 7-2 win at Bangor. Andrew McGregor and Richard Forrest put the Dubliners 2-0 up at the end of the first quarter and Eoin MacArthur added a third before half-time. Joel Easlea and Simon McKeever traded goals in the third quarter to advance the lead to 4-1.
Michael McKenzie, Fergal Keaveney and Jeremy McKeever then added more pain on Bangor for whom Rhys Cunningham got their second.
In Pool 2, Corinthian swept to a 5-2 win over Instonians with four goals in the first 21 minutes putting them in superb shape in the group. Ian Stewart and Davy Howard fired twin drag flicks to make it 2-0 at the end of the first quarter before a super strike from George Dagg and a brilliant reverse from Stewart had them four to the good.
Gavin Lecky got one back before half-time from a corner and he added another with seven minutes to go before Jack Perdue scored another for the reds to leave them top of the group on six points.
Kilkeel joined Inst on three points when they came from a goal down to beat UCC 5-1 at the Mardyke. John Costello – from Eoin Finnegan’s assist – put the Cork side in front inside four minutes.
But two goals in quick succession in the second quarter from Luke Russell and Ashton Graham swapped the lead and Kilkeel did not look back. Jonathan Aiken made it 3-1 at the break before Mark Stevenson’s stroke and another Russell goal concluded the victory in the last seven minutes.
EYHL Division 2
Pool 1: Bandon 1 (F O’Leary) UCD 2 (D Nolan, A Tutty); Bangor 2 (J Easlea, R Cunningham) Railway Union 7 (R Forrest, M McKenzie, D McCarthy, S McKeever, F Keaveney, E MacArthur, J McKeever)
Pool 2: Corinthian 5 (I Stewart 2, D Howard, G Dagg, J Perdue) Instonians 2 (G Lecky 2); UCC 1 (J Costello) Kilkeel 5 (L Russell 2, A Graham, J Aiken, M Stevenson)