Banbridge defeated Belfast Harlequins 3-0, but the Deramore Park outfit, pushed the GOC Estate Agents Premiership leaders all the way.
Bann have been without their four Irish Internationals for the last two weeks, but in Saturday’s game they were also missing Philip Brown and Jamie Wright.
Even without six key players, Bann were able to deliver the goods.
In the 16th minute Frazer Mills produced a piece of magic to score a superb opening goal.
Just before the interval Matthew Bell doubled the visitors lead when he fired home Bann’s third penalty corner.
The second half was closer with Harlequins coming into the game. In the 54th minute Bell could have put the game beyond Harlequins reach but Ian Kelly pulled off a great save to deny him from the spot. Harlequins were still in the mix and Luke McClelland’s shot flash past the upright.
Bann wrapped up the points right on the final whistle when Dane Ward tucked home after a superb run from Owen Magee.
Lisnagarvey went back to second place as they defeated Annadale 3-0 and in the Friday night game it took two second half-goals for Cookstown to claim maximum points against Mossley.
Four goals from Adam Glass helped Senior 2 leaders, South Antrim, to a 6-2 win over Portrush. And Portadown had to dig deep to defeat North Down 4-3 as at one stage they trailed 3-1.
Armagh who reached the final of the Irish Challenge after they defeated Portrane 6-2 which included a Ben Mackey hat-trick.
And in the Sinton’s at the Bridge Burney Cup, holders Wallace defeated Friends 5-0 and Banbridge Academy defeated Cookstown 9-0.