Bann confirm top four places as Cookstown fall to bottom

A week on from giving Pembroke a lifeline in the top four chase, Banbridge firmly slammed the door shut as their 6-1 win over the same opposition confirmed the four sides for the EY Champions Trophy playoffs.

It was something of a cruise for Bann as Jamie Wright scored twice in the first two minutes as the Co Down side tore into the tie, leaving Pembroke reeling.

Jamie Wright scored twice in the opening two minutes. Pic: Adrian Boehm

They had plenty of chances in the first quarter and they extended the lead to five by half-time with Eugene Magee firing home a trademark reverse and Jonny McKee got on the score-sheet from a Wright assist. Youngster Mark Cowan completed the scoring before the break from a corner.

McKee added a beautiful sixth after half-time before Harry Spain pulled one back from a corner with 12 minutes to go but their playoff hopes had already gone up in smoke.

In the other men’s EYHL game to be played, Three Rock scored an 8-2 win over Cookstown to move within a point of Lisnagarvey – who play against Annadale in midweek – at the top of the table.

The significance of it, though, will probably be more keenly felt at the bottom of the table as it dropped the Tyrone side to 10th below Cork C of I on goal difference.

It was also 5-0 at half-time as Luke Madeley roofed a drag-flick in the first quarter. Jody Hosking rode a tackled to shoot home the next before Ben Walker scored two in a minute and Madeley added another corner for the fifth.

Rovers moved seven clear before Cookstown got two back via Calum Anderson and Michael Kerr but Rovers added another for good measure. It leaves Cookstown three behind C of I on goal difference going into the final day of the season. They play Banbridge while C of I face Three Rock.

EY Hockey League: Banbridge 6 (J McKee 2, J Wright 2, M Cowan, E Magee) Pembroke 1 (H Spain); Three Rock Rovers 8 (L Madeley 2, B Walker 2, J Hosking, M English, K Mullins, H Morris) Cookstown 2 (C Anderson, M Kerr)

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