Saturday 24 February 2018

Cockram on double as Lisnagarvey hit top spot

Lisnagarvey's Timmy Cockram scored twice in their 3-1 success over Annadale
Lisnagarvey's Timmy Cockram scored twice in their 3-1 success over Annadale

David Medcalf

Lisnagarvey took over at the head of the EY Hockey League as long-time leaders Monkstown lost at home to Glenanne.

The Glens had South African striker Shannon Boucher to thank for their surprise 3-2 win against the national champions.

Meanwhile, Lisnagarvey were in no mood to give bottom-of-the-table Annadale any return from their visit to Hillsborough. Teenage midfielder Sean Murray scored and Timmy Cockram claimed two in the 3-1 success.

Banbridge remain in contention near the top of the table, though they were made to work for their points against Cookstown. Keeper Ian Hughes pulled off a string of super saves as the Cookstown defence rode its luck until Eugene Magee pounced for Ban three minutes from time.

The main talking point in the Dublin derby between Pembroke Wanderers and Railway Union was the injury to Irish international Alan Sothern.

He started the game with a goal but after Mark English equalised he sustained a knock which left him concussed. Play was held up 40 minutes while he was checked out but fears of a possible neck problem proved groundless.

In the women's league, Pembroke Wanderers became the latest to be steamrollered by Dublin neighbours Hermes. The leaders made it eight wins from eight, with Naomi Carroll claiming two of their five in the 5-1 scoreline.

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