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Watt a way for Garvey to win top of the table clash

By Graham Hamilton

Published 08/02/2016

Crucial goal: Mikey Watt scored Garvey’s winner
Crucial goal: Mikey Watt scored Garvey’s winner

Ulster trio Lisnagarvey, Banbridge and Annadale had much to celebrate when the EY Irish Hockey League programme resumed after its seven week winter break.

Garvey's trip to Dublin proved very fruitful when Mickey Watt scored the only goal of the game to topple current all-Ireland champions Monkstown, a win that opens up a seven point gap at the top of the table.

Banbridge, meanwhile, came from two goals down to chalk up a 4-2 success over Railway Union which keeps them in the end-of-season play-off places, thanks to the Magee brothers Eugene and Owen who scored three of the goals between them.

And Annadale finally chalked up their first win in the league with a fine 3-2 success at fourth placed Three Rock Rovers which moves them off the foot of the table and gives them some momentum as they bid to avoid the relegation play-off places.

But it's not good news for Cookstown who were edged out 3-2 at Pembroke despite a spirited display and that means they have slipped to bottom place.

Two goals from Stephen Kelso helped Instonians to a 4-2 win over Newry to make it 13 straight wins in the Premier League.

Main rivals Kilkeel won at North Down while Belfast Harlequins also remain in contention for the provincial play-off places with Luke McClelland scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Mossley.

But Raphoe were held to a draw by visiting Civil Service.

In the Senior League Campbellians cut Bangor's lead at the top to six points, and they have a game in hand, while Queen's also won to keep the pressure on.

RESULTS: EY IHL: Monkstown 0 Lisnagarvey 1 (M Watt); Banbridge 4 (E Magee 2, S Dowds, O Magee) Railway Union 2 (J Dick, S McKeever); Three Rock Rovers 2 (R Canning, L Madeley) Annadale 3 (M Allister, M Crookshanks, J Cox); Cork C of I 1 (P Sweetnam) Glenanne 6 (S Boucher 4, D Keogh, G Shaw); Pembroke 3 (K Shimmins, J Ryan, A Sothern) Cookstown 2

Ulster Premier League: Instonians 4 (S Kelso 2, M McCord, A Patterson) Newry 2 (A Foster, D England); North Down 1 (G McKeown) Kilkeel 4 (D Rae, L Russell, D Finlay, G Russell); Raphoe 2 (L Witherow, G Pagtterson) Civil Service 2 (S Armstrong, C Gilmer); Portadown 4 (Z McClelland 2, M Winter, R Scott) South Antrim 2 (L Marshall, A Glass); Belfast Harlequins 3 (L McClelland 2, N Anderson) Mossley 1 (M Sullivan)

Senior League: Armagh 2 (B Mackie, S Pillow) Antrim 4 (A Morrison 2, L Kane 2, S McIlroy, S Mitchell, N McCullough, J McMeekin); Cliftonville 1 (J Allen) Campbellians 4 (A Saunders, A Burnside, C Bannister, J Easlie); Queen's 7 (M Warnock 2, G Leckey, R Kelly, R Blair, P Watt, S Cartmill) Ballynahinch 2

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