Three-sy does it as Bann are Rocked
BANBRIDGE’S unbeaten start to the Irish EY Hockey League campaign came to an abrupt halt as their new year started in far from perfect fashion with a 2-1 defeat to Three Rock Rovers, writes ANDREW COFFEY.
Bann had been in electric form with six wins and two draws to enjoy Christmas in top spot, but a trip to Rovers proved a step too far – despite dominating possession and territory.
The hosts were underway after three minutes when Jody Hosking converted from Ravin Nair, before Ben Walker finished off an excellent team goal just before the break to go two up.
Jonny McKee’s finish from the edge of the circle saw Bann fight back but, despite a late rally, they fell short for the first time this term.
They remain in top spot however, as Monkstown missed the chance to leapfrog them by losing out in a sevengoal thriller with Cork Church of Ireland.
An early own goal had the hosts ahead, but Monkstown showed resolve to twice level – Richard Sykes converting a penalty corner before John Jermyn and David Carson traded blows.
But Cork went ahead for a third time thanks to some magic from Simon Wolfe and, with Jermyn adding a second to make it 4-2, that was enough to take the points.
That saw Monkstown drop to third, with Lisnagarvey denied top spot by goal difference after a 2-0 victory at UCD. Clinical moments from Ryan Getty and James Lorimor in each half saw the visitors take the spoils.
Elsewhere, there was another thriller in Glenanne as the hosts prevailed by the odd goal in nine to Railway Union, while Instonians were denied a second point of the season as David Quinn’s last-gasp goal saw Pembroke Wanderers clinch a 3-2 away win.