Men’s EYHL – day four round-up
Lisnagarvey 5 (T Chambers, J Lynch, J Corry, A Williamson, J Lorimer) UCD 1 (G Sarratt)
Lisnagarvey’s imperious form saw them end UCD”s perfect start to the season with a big 5-1 win at Comber Road, leaving them three points clear at the top of the table. They raced into a 2-0 lead in the first quarter when Jonny Bell’s fine approach work led to a super finish from Troy Chambers in the fourth minute.
Johnny Lynch got the second in the 12th minute before Guy Sarratt pulled one back from a penalty corner drag-flick. James Corry, however, ensured Garvey went into the big break with a healthy advantage with a screamer of a goal for 3-1.
UCD survived ten minutes down a player in the third quarter as Conor Empey and Andrew Meates both served yellow card sin-binnings – among 16 minutes worth of suspensions in the game – but the game was done and dusted in the fourth quarter when James Lorimer fired in a low drag-flick. And the prolific Andy Williamson completed the scoring with 11 minutes to go for a 5-1 success.
Monkstown 4 (R Spencer, R Nichols, G Watkins, D Carson) Glenanne 1 (S Boucher)
Monkstown moved up to third place with a strong 4-1 win over Glenanne on the day the formally club celebrated its 125th anniversary, continuing their unbeaten start to the season in style.
The Glens took the lead in the 19th minute from a penalty corner drag-flick from Shannon Boucher after a lively opening quarter but the lead only lasted three minutes. Rory Nichols got to the endline and his quick pass found Ryan Spencer who was on hand to knock into the net.
And the Town continued that momentum into the second quarter when Nichols turned finisher from a 46th minute drag-flick for 2-1. Davy Carson hit the post soon after while David Fitzgerald needed to be on hand to save a couple of Boucher drags early in the final quarter.
Gareth Watkins made the game safe when his powerful slap from the top right of the circle found the backboard for 3-1. Carson then completed the scoring in the closing seconds following a solo run and reverse-stick shot into the bottom left corner.
YMCA 3 (R Henderson, G Glutz, T Brophy) Pembroke 2 (P Shanahan, N Burns)
YMCA rose off the bottom of the table with a comeback win over Pembroke with Tony Brophy netting the all-important goal. Ross Henderson swept in on his reverse for the opening goal just before the end of the first quarter before Pembroke bounced back in the second to take the lead.
Kirk Shimmins set up the first for Patrick Shanahan to tap in with some nice skills. Nick Burns then fired home a corner into the top left corner for a 2-1 half-time lead.
Grant Glutz matched that effort to equalise and Brophy then clipped in what proved the winner from the left of the D after Ben Cullen’s pass just before the end of the third quarter. Pembroke had their chances but YM defended well to see out the points.
Corinthian 1 (P Caruth) Banbridge 3 (J McKee 2, J Wright)
Jonny McKee bookended Banbridge’s first win of the season as they ended Corinthian’s unbeaten start to life in the men’s EYHL with a 3-1 success at Whitechurch Park. McKee got the first in the 21st minute when he got swiped goalward under pressure for the only goal of the first half.
Peter Caruth equalised soon after half-time but Jamie Wright and McKee – having served a yellow card suspension – both netted in the last seven minutes to win the tie.
Three Rock Rovers 9 (R Canning 2, E Jennings 2, S Grace 2, B Walker, M English, H Morris) Annadale 1 (R Burgess)
Three Rock Rovers recorded their second win of the campaign as they overcame the second minute concession of a Ryan Burgess penalty corner goal to win comfortably 9-1 at Grange Road.
Mark English tied things up in the ninth minute and Sam Grace’s drag-flick made it 2-1 at the quarter-time break. Ross Canning and an Evan Jennings’ field goal stretched that advantage to 4-1 at half-time and three goals in eight minutes – between the 38th and 46th – ensured an easy run-in with Ben Walker, Harry Morris and Jennings all on the mark. A second goal each for Canning and Grace completed the rout.