Banbridge may have notched up their fourth straight league win of the season when they saw off Belfast Harlequins 6-2 in a rather one-sided affair.
However, confusion rained after Belfast Harlequins player/coach Jonny Caren was red carded in the second half for allegedly continually chatting back to Umpire Warren Cully.
But was Caren on or off the pitch when the red card was shown? To many spectators it looked like he had just come on. However, Harlequins were somehow allowed to have 11 players still on the pitch for the remainder of the game.
It marred what had been up until then a very good game, which saw reigning champions Banbridge make it four straights wins on the trot, as they hammered Harlequins 6-2.
Speaking after the game Bann coach Mark Tumilty said: “I am very happy with our performance, we set out to play at a tempo and I thought we did that in the first half and the start of the second half.
“But the red card episode probably disrupted us more than it did Harlequins. All in all I am very happy at the way that we have started the season, considering that we began pre-season so late.”
Bann got of to a flyer, as they went three up in less than 20 minutes. Stephen Dowds started the rout, firing home their opening penalty corner like an exocet missile.
Not to be out done, Eugene Magee crashed home a thunderous reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle two minutes later. And, in the 18th minute Dowds struck again, this time sending the ball high into the Harlequins net.
With six minutes remaining, Fraser Mills put the game beyond Harlequins reach when he deflected home a Josh Moffet shot. But, right on the whistle of the first half, James Hutchinson broke Harlequins duck when he scored from the host’s first penalty corner.
Following the red card incident, Bann punished Harlequins when Dowds scored from the penalty spot.
But as Metcalf returned to the pitch, Harlequins somehow were back to full-strength and Bann added two goals from Bruce McCandless and Adam Louden as the game ended 6-2.
Meanwhile, the game between Inst and Cookstown was called off due to bereavement at the club.
In the other games, Kilkeel drew 2-2 with visitors Annadale and Raphoe thumped bottom of the table Civil Service 4-1.
In Friday night’s clash Lisnagarvey scored three second half goals to see off a stubborn Mossley.