Timmy Cockram’s goal in dead time saw Lisnagarvey salvage their eighth win from nine outings to retain their four-point lead at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League.
They were made to work all the way by Railway Union at Park Avenue who had earlier fought back brilliantly from a 2-0 deficit to set up a grandstand finish.
Cockram and Andy Forrest had given Garvey the dream start with two goals in the first quarter but third quarter efforts from Mark English and James Dick tying things up.
But Garvey won a last second penalty corner which Cockram duly converted for a 3-2 win. They stay clear of second placed Monkstown who were too good for Annadale at Lough Moss.
Peter Caruth returned to haunt his former club on his first visit to Dale since moving on five years ago. Two of his goals came in the first quarter which, in tandem with a Richard Sykes’ set piece goal, saw Town go 3-0 up. John Guilfoyle and Caruth’s third extended the lead to five before Annadale got a couple back in the closing 15 minutes.
Banbridge had a 3-3 draw at Glenanne Park. Three Rock Rovers had a battling 2-1 win at Cookstown Cork C of I and Pembroke shared a 1-1 draw in Garryduff.
John Jermyn’s tenth goal of the season opened the scoring before Ronan Flannery levelled.