Instonians left Havelock Park wondering how they didn’t bag at least one point after their superb goal was ruled out ina 2-1 defeat.
Everyone in the ground, except the umpires, saw the ball hit the back stanchion of the net and bounce out….but as the umpire didn’t see it, the goal was disallowed.
With the game tied at 1-1, Banbridge scored the winner through Scott Forbes in the dying seconds of the game to take all three points and keep their noses in front at the top of the table.
With Lisnagarvey squeezing out a hard fought 3-1 win against Annadale, who knows what the top of the table would have looked like this morning.
It now makes next Saturday’s top of the table clash at Hillsborough, between Lisnagarvey and Bann even more mouth watering.
Garvey trail Bann by four points but they also have a game in hand on their rivals, so a win for them and then the championship title tilts their way but a win for Bann and they would be favourites to retain the title.
Meanwhile Annadale issued a warning to Garvey that the Boxing Day Kirk Cup final will not be as one sided an affair as many are predicting, as they made Garvey scrap for the three points.
Garvey raced into an early lead with goals from Jonny Bell and Timmy Cockram, but Annadale hauled themselves back into contention, after Matthew McCourt slotted the ball home just before the interval.
In, at times, gale force conditions, the second half developed into a torrid affair with both teams struggling to produce constructive hockey.
However, with Annadale looking the more likely to score, Garvey hit them with a sucker punch after they were awarded a penalty stroke
And Cockram dispatched the ball past Johnny Moore in the Dale goal to kill off any hopes that the homeside may have had of getting back into this one.
At the other end of the table, Civil Service produced the shock of the weekend when a Peter Johnston goal gave Service their first win of the season, defeating Mossley 1-0 at the Glade.
The result hauls Service level with Raphoe and makes the relegation battle, not the foregone conclusion everyone was predicting.
A five goal blast from Greg Allen helped Cookstown to an 8-1 mauling of visitors Kilkeel. Jonny Ames (2) and Ryan Millar also got in on the goals, with David Tremlett scoring for Kilkeel.
The weather forced the postponement of the Raphoe v Harlequins clash.