Friday 23 August 2019

Murray stars as Lisnagarvey stay in the hunt

Gareth Watkins knocked in a hat-trick for Monkstown
Gareth Watkins knocked in a hat-trick for Monkstown

David Medcalf

The top two teams pulled away at the head of the EY Hockey League as Monkstown went wild in Cookstown and Sean Murray showed his class for Lisnagarvey in Tallaght yesterday.

Murray, already a senior international, scored both goals in the 2-0 victory over Glenanne.

The men from Hillsborough finished the weekend one point behind leaders Monsktown who made merry on their visit to lowly Cookstown.

The national champions were six up at the break, Gareth Watkins knocking in a hat-trick to add to his brace last Saturday.

Monkstown rested on their laurels after the interval and Ewan Butler knocked in a defiant goal for Cookstown but the destination of the points was never in doubt. Cork bounced back from that 4-3 defeat on Saturday to take a battling draw in Banbridge, with Stephen Parker poaching their goals either side of a couple from Ban's Stevie Dowds.

The comeback of the day was posted by Railway Union who were 4-2 down in Belfast against Annadale going in to the last few minutes.

The Dubliners withdrew goalie Stephen O'Keeffe and the desperate measure worked as Nick Tate and Simon McKeever found the target to rescue the draw.

Three Rock Rovers, with three 16-year-olds in their line-up, took the points and the bragging rights as they beat Pembroke Wanderers 2-1.

Their scores came from more seasoned members of the squad, Ross Canning in the first half and Jody Hosking in the second.

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