Three-sy does it as Bann are Rocked

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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.

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