Tuesday 23 January 2018

Hockey: Brownlow on mark

David Medcalf

A late goal from new recruit Stephen Brownlow gave Glenanne a perfect start to the new league season as they beat champions Pembroke Wanderers 2-1 in Tallaght.

However, the result was a long way from the hiding some of the Pembroke fans feared in the wake of the summer clearout of most of their internationals.

The Glens went into the lead on the half-hour mark when Shane O'Donoghue took the aerial route at a penalty corner, sending the ball high into Gowan Jones' net. But their opponents stayed solid, with Jones and his South African compatriot Jethro Eustace anchoring a workmanlike defence.

And Pembroke pulled level 22 minutes into the second half after sustained pressure presented Craig Wilson with a chance too good to miss.

Glenanne responded with purpose and Brownlow knocked in the winner two minutes from full time.

There were comfortable wins elsewhere in Leinster for YMCA over new boys Weston and Railway Union against Fingal, but Monkstown had to wait until near the end to shade their fixture against Three Rock Rovers.

Stephen Cole put Monkstown ahead but Rovers responded through Patrick Shanahan, only for Gareth Watkins to hit the winner in the last five minutes.

Irish Independent

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