HOCKEY: Banbridge off to solid start in EY Hockey League

Doubles from Matthew Bell and Jamie Wright helped Banbridge beat Three Rock Rovers 4-2 on Saturday in the EY Hockey League.

Rovers took the lead in the 21st minute, the returning Olympian Mitch Darling scoring a corner rebound.The third quarter saw the majority of the fireworks. Bell got Bann back on terms when he picked up his own rebound from his side’s first corner for 1-1.

Wright then broke in from the left and found the net from a tight angle to swap the lead.

Luke Madeley drew the teams level from another corner when he beat the first runner and tucked away his shot. Bell, however, restored the lead to 3-2 from a drag-flick in the 53rd minute.

The final quarter was hectic with Bann seeing Matthew Allister and Fraser Mills both shown yellow cards as Rovers pushed for an equaliser.

But Bann caught them on the hop as the excellent Wright deflection to McKee’s run and shot won the tie.

And Lisnagarvey were 3-2 winners against UCD.

Andy Williamson, James Lorimer, and Neal Glassey were all on target for Garvey.

And Instonians lost 2-1 to Pembroke. Instonians goal came from William Robinson.

And yesterday Lisngarvey hammered Railway Union 7-0 through goals from James Lorimer - who got two, Matthew Nelson, Daniel Nelson, Peter MacDonnell, Daniel Buser and Andy Williamson.

And yesterday Instonians lost 3-1 to Monkstown. William Robinson scored for Inst.

And Banbridge drew 2-2 with Glenanne.

Sam Farson and Eugene Magee were on target for Inst but it was not enough to win the match.