Lisnagarvey ended Banbridge’s perfect record in the men’s EY Hockey League with a high tempo 2-1 win at Havelock Park for their second win of the campaign.
Paul Gleghorne’s first goal for Garvey got them up and running when he scored a penalty corner at the end of first quarter. Daniel Buser got the second when his shot hit Gareth Lennox’s helmet only to loop up and over his head and bounce over the line.
Jonny McKee got one back in the final quarter to set up a grandstand finish and Bann had a couple of great chances to grab a draw but Garvey withstood the waves of attack for an important win.
Cookstown grabbed their first win of the campaign in some style with a late flourish as they ran out 5-1 winners against Glenanne. The game was in the mix for much of the game, though.
Keith Black poked home the first goal of the game in the 12th minute and it remained that way into the second half. Stu Ronan’s sharp rebound got the Glens back on terms but Jon Ames reasserted the lead within four minutes for 2-1.
Further goals from Keith Black and Mark Crooks, including two while Glenanne had withdrawn their keeper in favour of an extra outfielder, saw Cookstown race home with three goals in the last 12 minutes.
Railway Union were another side to claim their first win of the season when they defeated previously unbeaten Three Rock Rovers 2-1. Garry Ringwood’s penalty stroke had Rovers 1-0 up at half-time but goals from Nick Tate – his first since arriving from Australia – and Chris Reilly from James Dick’s assist saw the Sandymount side turn the tide.