Glenanne held as strong winds cause concern
The Christmas break has come at the right time for Glenanne as one of the floodlight pylons at their grounds in Tallaght threatened fall down at the weekend.
Despite gale force winds raking across the grounds at St Mark's, match officials decided to press ahead with the EYL Hockey League game between the Glens and Banbridge.
As the pylon wobbled in the breeze, the home team drew 3-3 with their Ulster visitors.
They might have taken all three points, but for Eugene Magee's late drag flick, which took a helpful deflection off a defender on its way to the net.
Lisnagarvey take a four-point lead into the vacation after Tim Cockram got the winner for the Hillsborough side at Railway Union. Cockram's speed and skills were the dominant factor at Sandymount as 'Garvey cruised into a 2-0 interval lead.
But Railway gave them a real fright, with scores from Mark English and James Dick.
The last play of the game gave Cockram the opportunity to stamp his authority on proceedings, with a lofted effort which eluded goalie Stephen O'Keeffe.
Monkstown beat struggling Annadale 5-2, with a hat-trick for Peter Caruth, to remain four points off the pace set by Lisnagarvey.
The top five at the end of 2015 is completed by Banbridge, Three Rock Rovers and Glenanne.
In the women's league, rampant Hermes beat Railway Union in the Dublin derby at Booterstown. The league leaders are nine points clear of the rest.