Luke at Rovers’ surge to the top!
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.