Sykes gets Monkstown over line
Monkstown celebrated the opening of their new pitch yesterday by doing what they failed to do on Saturday - score a goal. The national champions beat a full-strength international selection on the water-based astroturf at Rathdown School.
The only score came from penalty corner specialist Richard Sykes, to help erase the frustration of Saturday's scoreless draw with Three Rock Rovers. 'Town were without David Cole and Peter Caruth.
They still enjoyed plenty of possession in their rendezvous with Three Rock Rovers in the EY Hockey League game at Grange Road. But with Jody Hosking putting in a huge effort at midfield, Rovers thwarted the visitors throughout. Goalkeeper Jamie Carr for Three Rock and Davy Fitzgerald were practically redundant from start to finish.
Meanwhile, Lisnagarvey brought Cork CI's unbeaten run to an end in Garryduff, where it finished 4-2 in favour of the Ulstermen. And Banbridge also moved to within a point of Monkstown at the top, though they needed two late goals from Stevie Dowds to deny Pembroke.
In the women's league, Hermes beat Greenfields to go into top spot.