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Roaring back: Banbridge scorer Johnny McKee (6) with Hugh McShane
Roaring back: Banbridge scorer Johnny McKee (6) with Hugh McShane
James Corry

By John Flack

Lisnagarvey captain James Corry hailed his young guns after they staged a stunning comeback to draw 4-4 with Glananne in Dublin and stay top of the EY Irish Hockey League standings going into the mid-season break.

Garvey looked dead and buried after trailing 4-0 late in the first-half but their never-say -die attitude was evident as they pulled a goal back before the break and then hit three without reply after the restart.

Corry said: "We started really slowly and Glenanne punished us with being really clinical in front of goal in a pretty torrid first-half and the boys had to dig deep.

"They showed serious experience, despite their youthfulness and to come away with a point in the circumstances of the game was huge for us and we are delighted.

"Even when we were 4-0 down, there was a collective belief that we could come away with a least a draw so I was really proud of such a young squad and the experience will do us good in the long run."

Goals from Johnny McCormack, Adam Clayton, Clive Kennedy and Stephen Brownlow put Glenanne in dreamland before Andy Williamson gave Garvey some hope when he rifled in a penalty corner before the break.

The importance of their ruthless set-piece machine was illustrated as they scored three more corners in the second-half, two from James Lorimer including the 65th minute equaliser, and another from Williamson.

Banbridge, meanwhile, have moved into the top four after thrashing basement side Annadale 9-0 at Havelock Park.

Irish international Johnny McKee hit four of the goals as Bann scored eight in the space of 31 minutes after leading only 1-0 at the break.

McKee said: "We missed a lot of chances early on and that's something we need to work on.

"We made a slow start to the season but now with two consecutive wins under our belts, hopefully we can build on that going into the new year and stay in the play-off zone."

Results: EYHL: Banbridge 9 (J McKee 4, E Magee, O Magee, P Brown, D Ward, J Wright) Annadale 0; Corinthian 1 (I Stewart) Pembroke 1 (A Sothern); Glenanne 4 (J McCormack, A Clayton, C Kennedy, S Brownlow) Lisnagarvey 4 (A Williamson 2, J Lorimer 2); Three Rock Rovers 4 (M English 2, M Darling, J Walker) YMCA 3 (B Cullen, B Campbell, G Glutz); UCD 1 (G Sarratt) Monkstown 2 (R Nichols, D Carson); EYHL 2: Pool A: Cork C of I 5 (J Bruton 3, E Finnegan, J Jermyn) Avoca 1 (R Couse); Instonians 0 Railway Union 0; Pool B: Cork Harlequins 3 (R Bailey 2, J Dale) Cookstown 2 (C Anderson, D Crooks); Kilkeel 2 (P Gordon, L Russell) Clontarf 3 (L Hayden, J Edmonds, K Murray); Ulster Premier: Mossley 3 (F Mills,S Todd, J Robinson) South Antrim 4 (C Henry 2, J Brown, B Clarke); Newry 4 (K MCwilliams, C McKnight, J Greer, M Russell) Queen's 1 (D Reid); North Down 4 (J Gilmore 2, G McKeown, M Black) Ballynahinch 1 (A McIlwaine); Raphoe 3 Portadown 4 (S Johnson 2, J Lutton, A Stevenson); Intermediate League: Armagh 3 (A Reddick, B Mackey, J Sloane) Parkview 0; Linden Cup semi-finals: Belfast Harlequins 4 (M Gray 2, M Patterson, C Lemon) Portrush 0; Civil Service 4 (C Barnes 2, J Preece, R Anderson) CI 4 (Civil Service won 4-3 on pens); Irish Junior Cup - Round 2: Banbridge 4 (L McConnell, D Ward, B Malcolmson, E Rowe) Lisnagarvey 4, Lisnagarvey win shoot-out 6-5; Bangor 7 (D McClune 3, A Reading, C McLean, M Lappin, S Hunter) North Down 2 (Magee, Moore); Clontarf 5 South Antrim 1; Corinthian 1 Annadale 0; Instonians 1 (McCaughan) Pembroke 4; Railway Union 4 NICS 3; UCD 3 Bandon 2; YMCA 2 Three Rock Rovers (TRR win shoot-out)

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