Bann bounce back as Garvey keep on rolling

Men’s EY Hockey League – day six round-up

Lisnagarvey 6 (J Lorimer 2, D Nelson 2, O Kidd, P McKibbin) Corinthian 2 (J Roberts, I Stewart)

Lisnagarvey made it six wins from six to keep their four-point lead at the head of the table in place. James Lorimer scored a second minute corner to get the ball rolling and they were two to the good by the 10 minute and Daniel Nelson put in the approach work and Ollie Kidd finished off.

Jonathan Roberts got one back before half-time but Nelson restored the two-goal gap two minutes after the big break and a second Lorimer drag-flick stretched the lead out to 4-1. Peter McKibbin’s stroke made it 5-1 at the three-quarter time interval; Ian Stewart got another back for the reds from a corner but Nelson’s second completed the victory for Garvey.

Pembroke 2 (G Chambers 2) Banbridge 4 (E Magee 2, J McKee, O Magee)

Banbridge jumped from ninth to fifth in the men’s EYHL table with a 4-2 win at Serpentine Avenue. It was built on two goals in the first five minutes as they got off to a blistering start with Drew Carlisle’s left-wing attack leading to Jonny McKee getting in around the goalkeeper to score. Eugene Magee followed up with a drag-flick for 2-0 before Greg Chambers got one back in the second quarter. He picked up a clever Alex Burns’ pass at the top of the D before flicking home.

Eugene Magee fired a crucial double for Banbridge. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Bann then got the next two, the third a corner rebound from a hurling-style shot from Eugene Magee and his younger brother Owen Magee put the game out of reach from a corner variation. Chambers got his second with 20 seconds left on the clock for a late consolation.

YMCA 2 (S Hyland, M Walker) Monkstown 3 (D Cole, G Watkins, D Carson)

Monkstown continued their unbeaten run this season as three first half goals put them in the frame for their fourth win of the season. David Cole put them 1-0 up in the first quarter before Gareth Watkins scored a stroke for the second successive week. Davy Carson rounded the goalkeeper and got enough on his shot to build a 3-0 lead.

YM improved after half-time and got on the board in the fourth quarter from a corner switch for Sam Hyland to score against his former club. Matthew Walker then got his first goal for the club in the EYHL after a corner breakdown but the comeback ran out of time.

Three Rock Rovers 5 (J Walker 2, S Grace, J Hosking, M English) Glenanne 0

Four Three Rock Rovers goals in the first 14 minutes set the Grange Road side up for a strong 5-0 win over Glenanne, moving back into the top four of the table. They led from the first minute from a Sam Grace penalty corner flick which made it in at the right post.

Jody Hosking nailed a backhand shot in the fourth minute from a corner rebound and James Walker made it 3-0 soon after with another reverse-stick shot as Rovers’ pressing game paid dividends in midfield. Walker added another for 4-0 in the 14th minute.

The second quarter was closer with Harry Lynch having a fifth disallowed for crossing with the pick of the chances. The Glens – without the services of Shannon Boucher and Clive Kennedy this week – found their mojo after the break, winning four penalty corners but Shane O’Brien solid in saving them from Stephen Brownlow.

But they looked to be susceptible to counter-attacks long before Ben Walker’s perfect pass to Mark English put him through one-on-one and he kept his cool to finish off. 

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