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Red-hot Sean Murray turns on the style scoring three goals in double-header weekend

By Graham Hamilton

Published 16/11/2015

Top save: Cookstown goalkeeper Ian Hughes denies Garvey on Saturday but conceded six against Monkstown yesterday
Top save: Cookstown goalkeeper Ian Hughes denies Garvey on Saturday but conceded six against Monkstown yesterday

Teenager Sean Murray was the toast of Lisnagarvey when he scored three goals in the double-header weekend to put his side firmly in the EY Irish Hockey League frame.

The talented midfielder was on the mark following a good run from man-of-the-match Timmy Cockram as the Blues squeezed past fellow Ulster club Cookstown on Saturday 2-1 at Hillsborough.

He then struck twice yesterday in Dublin where Errol Lutton's lads chalked up a 2-0 success against Glenanne.

It now means Garvey have consolidated their second place behind unbeaten leaders Monkstown, especially with other contenders Banbridge and Cork C of I failing to muster a win between them.

Bann should have won both their games but Three Rock goalkeeper Jamie Carr pulled off a series of heroic saves on Saturday to leave the scoreline blank and then Mark Tumilty's lads squandered more points yesterday at their Havelock Park base when Cork C of I scored late on to snatch a 2-2 draw.

They trailed to a Philip Brownlow goal on the half-time hooter but top scorer Stephen Dowds converted a penalty stroke and a penalty corner late on before Brownlow got a last-gasp equaliser for the Munster side.

The news wasn't much better for Annadale or Cookstown, the two other Ulster clubs who now prop up the table after six games as the all-Ireland programme goes into a two-week break due to the U16 and U18 inter-provincials and the Irish Senior Cup.

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The Dale seemed set for their first win of the season when they led Railway Union 4-2 yesterday afternoon but the Dubliners pulled their goalkeeper late on to replace him with an additional outfield player and it paid rich dividends as they scored twice in the final two minutes to rescue an unexpected 4-4 draw.

It was cruel on Andrew Smyth's lads who were worthy of a win after goals from Matthew Allister, Michael Robson, Robbie McGuire and Andrew McKibben, but the draw added to Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Pembroke leaves them a point adrift of Cookstown at the bottom and four adrift of Glenanne and Pembroke.

Cookstown pushed Garvey close on Saturday before losing 2-1 but were no match for champions Monkstown yesterday and finally lost 6-1 after trailing by six at the interval.

Meanwhile teenager Spencer Pinion scored one of the best goals in the Ulster Premier League as leaders Instonians beat Raphoe 4-0.

The RBAI schoolboy produced his first goal at senior level with a delicate reverse lob over the goalkeeper to add to the earlier goals from Alan Patterson, James Dowling and Stephen Kelso.

Kilkeel, Belfast Harlequins and Civil Service kept the pressure on with wins while Bangor and Campbellians maintained their unbeaten starts in the Senior League, each scoring seven.

EY Irish Hockey League (Saturday): Lisnagarvey 2 (S Murray, A Forrest) Cookstown 1 (S Smyth); Three Rock 0 Banbridge 0; Pembroke 3 (A Sothern 2, P Shanahan)Annadale 1 (M Allister); Monkstown 4 (G Watkins 2, J Gregory, K Good) Cork C of I 3 (P Brownlow, J Dale, A Daunt); Railway Union 2 (J Dick 2) Glenanne 3 (S Boucher 3)

EY Irish Hockey League (Sunday): Banbridge 2 (S Dowds 2) Cork C of I (P Brownlow) 2; Annadale 4 (M Allister, M Robson, R McGuire, A McKibben) Railway Union 4 (N Tate 2, K Carroll, S McKeever); Cookstown 1 (E Butler) Monkstown 6 (G Watkins 3, J Gregory, J Bruton, K Good); Glenanne 0 Lisnagarvey 2 (S Murray 2); Pembroke 1 (A Sothern) Three Rock 2 (R Canning, J Hosking)

Ulster Premier League: Instonians 4 (A Patterson, J Dowling, S Kelso, S Pinion) Raphoe 0; Portadown 3 (M Bennett, S Johnston, A Stevenson) Belfast Harlequins 4 (C Lemon, A McClelland, T Brann, N Anderson); Kilkeel 5 (W Annett 2, D Rae 2, M Stevenson) North Down 2 (R McMillan, D Shepherd); Newry 1 (J Greer) South Antrim 1 (P Maguire); Mossley 0 Civil Service 2 (P Barnes, R Cowden)

Senior One: Antrim 6 (L Kane 3, A Morrison, S McIlroy, J McMeekin) Ballynahinch 4 (S Hunter, A McIlroy, L Harrison, J Hamill); Campbellians 7 (J Clarke 3, C Bannister 2, J Hall 2) Armagh 0; Portrush 4 (J Dillon 2, A Christie, N McMaster) Bangor 7 (R Burgess 3, R Cunningham 2, M McCombe, J Trimble); Cliftonville v Queen's (postponed)

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