Monday 28 May 2018

Hockey: YMCA back on track after bonus-point victory

Men's round-up

YMCA put their season back on track with an overdue burst of scoring as they collected a bonus- point 4-1 victory in the Irish Hockey League against Annadale.

YM entered the fray at Milltown on the back of three straight losses, with just one goal to show for their efforts during a dismal run.

But they hit the target twice in the first half to get their confidence flowing and, after Fraser Mills pulled one back for the Belfast side, David Robinson scored two more after the break.

The four points rocketed the winners into second place in Pool B, alongside Pembroke Wanderers, just a point behind pace-setters Lisnagarvey.

'Garvey made the long trip from Hillsborough to Garryduff worthwhile, though Cork C of I goalkeeper Billy Lynch did his spectacular best to deny them the victory.

Lynch made a series of fine saves before a last-minute shot from Greg Thompson eluded him to shade the issue 2-1 in favour of the visitors.

In the other half of the league, early leaders Cookstown and Monkstown took it in turns to take the lead before the spoils were eventually shared at Coolnafranky.

The two points earned by each team were enough to keep them ahead of the rest as Glenanne came a jittery cropper, losing 3-2 in Shawsbridge after leading Instonians 2-0 at the half-time break.

Banbridge posted their first victory of the campaign at the expense of Cork Harlequins, hitting four goals in the process.

Irish Independent

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