Virtuoso Madeley conducts Three Rock triumph
Three Rock Rovers 2 Lisnagarvey 0
Luke Madeley gave Three Rock Rovers something special to remember him by with a virtuoso performance to propel the Rathfarnham club to a third successive EY Champions Trophy success.
The sweeper scored in both Saturday’s semi-final win over hosts Banbridge (4-2) and yesterday’s decider, before proving an almost impregnable wall at the base of their defence.
Along with Daragh Walsh, Madeley is bound for the Belgian pro ranks next season and he showed how much they will be missed.
There was definitely more grit than grace about this one as Lisnagarvey – the regular season champions – looked the more fluid in attack.
However, they could find little change from Madeley and his cohorts, while goalkeeper Jamie Carr cleaned up everything else.
They went in front from a penalty corner just before half-time via Madeley.
The clincher came with 15 minutes to go when Ben Walker forged a path through the middle before the ball squirmed to John Mullins, who bashed it home.
It means Rovers will be the top Irish seed in European competition next term.
Elsewhere, Cork C of I lost their place at the top table when they fell to UCD in a shoot-out following a spectacular 4-4 draw in normal time.
Lisnagarvey – J Milliken, J Lorimer, J Bell, B Nelson, M McNellis, J Corry, D Nelson, P McKibbin, A Edgar, M Nelson, T Chambers. Subs: J Lynch, A Williamson, H Morris, R Arneill, C Chambers, O Kidd, F Carnduff.
Three Rock Rovers – J Carr, R Nair, R Canning, M Darling, L Madeley, D Walsh, H Morris, J Hosking, M English, A Flynn, H MacMahon. Subs: D Kane, C Empey, J Mullins, B Walker, K Mullins, S O’Brien.