Luke at Rovers’ surge to the top!

Ir­ish round-up

The Hockey Paper - - RESULTS - MEN -

LUKE Madeley scored twice as Three Rock Rovers opened up a four­point lead at the top of the Ir­ish EY Hockey League fol­low­ing a 6-2 thrash­ing of Rail­way Union.

With sec­ond-placed Ban­bridge in ac­tion in the Ir­ish Se­nior Cup fi­nal, the hosts got off to a flyer as Madeley struck from a penalty cor­ner in only the third minute, only for Kieran Springett to equalise.

But Three Rock went on to dom­i­nate and af­ter Peter Blak­eney’s closerange vol­ley put them back in front they didn’t look back. Ross Can­ning’s penalty stroke made it 3-1 be­fore Hosk­ing’s re­vers­e­s­tick fin­ish and a classy goal from Mitch Dar­ling made it 5-1 at the break. Mark English pulled a goal back for the vis­i­tors be­fore Madeley wrapped it up.

In what was a cru­cial match at the bot­tom, Gle­nanne ham­mered UCD 5-1, with Shane O’Donoghue bag­ging a brace. His su­perb shot opened the scor­ing for the vis­i­tors, but their lead was quickly can­celled out by Jeremy Dun­can.

The match turned when Sam O’Con­nor’s re­verse from a nar­row an­gle some­how found its way in, be­fore Neil Byrne’s su­perb solo goal put day­light be­tween the two sides. And af­ter UCD with­drew their keeper, Gle­nanne rubbed salt into the wounds with fur­ther goals by O’Donoghue and Stu Ro­nan.

Two goals in the clos­ing stages by Si­mon Woolfe de­nied In­sto­ni­ans just their sec­ond win of the sea­son and pushed them to­wards au­to­matic rel­e­ga­tion as they were de­feated 2-1 by Cork Church of Ire­land.

In the only Women’s EY Hockey League fix­ture of the week­end, Her­mesMonkstown moved two points clear at the top of the ta­ble, ahead of their fi­nal-day show­down with UCD, with a 2-0 win at Pe­ga­sus thanks to goals from Ca­tri­ona McGilp and Ava Beatty.

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