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Handy Andy as Garvey's goal glut continues

 

By Graham Hamilton

If it's goals you want to see, then go along and watch Lisnagarvey - their double figure romp over Cork C of I in the Irish Hockey League on Saturday means their first five competitive games this season have produced 33 goals.

The Munster side never recovered after the Blues sprinted into a two-goal lead after just eight minutes and then they capitulated in the second half as Errol Lutton's lads went for the jugular to finish 10-0 in front.

And it was a good weekend for fellow Ulster club Cookstown who finally chalked up their first win to ease any relegation fears, although there was no luck for Banbridge or Annadale who both lost in Dublin yesterday.

But first that Garvey win, and some wondered where Garvey's goals were going to come from this season in the absence of Timmy Cockram but Andy Williamson got his second hat-trick of the season and the Nelson brothers Daniel and Matthew have also stepped up to the mark while midfielders Sean Murray and Neal Glasey have chipped in on a regular basis.

The outcome is that Garvey have opened the new campaign with four straight league wins, an Irish Senior Cup victory at Banbridge and plenty of goals at each end for the faithful to enjoy.

The floodgates opened after just two minutes when Andy Williamson swept the ball home and Daniel Nelson made it two from Murray's cross.

It took almost half an hour before the third goal arrived, Williamson converting a penalty corner, and Matthew Nelson got the next, deflecting in a James Lorimer set-piece.

Neal Glassey's spectacular reverse made it five before Williamson completed his hat-trick with another penalty corner.

Then came four goals in the final ten minutes - Daniel Nelson got his second followed quickly by Murray's penalty stroke convesion and Glassey and James Lorimer from open play.

Cookstown's 4-2 win over Railway Union put some daylight between themselves and the Dublin outfit at the foot of the table, and with Annadale losing 1-0 at current leaders Glenanne, it means there are now four in the trouble zone - Railway, Cookstown, Cork and Annadale.

Stuart Smyth struck twice to put Cookstown on their way to a crucial win and set them up for the trip to Garvey on Saturday.

Annadale had their chances to upset Glenanne but their penalty corner routine wasn't working and they finally lost out to a Rowland Rixon-Fuller deflection.

Banbridge are fast losing ground after squandering their lead at Pembroke - Philip Brown converted a penalty corner but Alan Sothern hit the net twice as the Dubliners bounced back to earn a 3-1 win.

There are still two teams with maximum points in the Ulster Premier League, following Bangor's 3-2 win over derby rivals North Down and Instonians' 3-1 win over Raphoe.

Ryan Burgess bagged a brace to maintain Bangor's record while William Robinson did likewise with two identical penalty corners for Inst, although Steven Redpath was man of the match, scoring the other and pulling the strings.

Chris Barnes grabbed yet another hat-trick as Civil Service beat Cliftonville 6-0 and there were also wins for South Antrim and Mossley, although the Mourne derby was abandoned after floodlight failure.

EY Irish Hockey League: Lisnagarvey 10 (A Williamson 3, D Nelson 2, N Glassey 2, M Nelson, S Murray, J Lorimer) Cork C of I 0; Cookstown 4 (S Smyth 2, J Ames, K Black) Railway Union 2 (E McArthur, M English); Pembroke 3 (A Sothern 2, J Ryan) Banbridge 1 (P Brown); Glenanne 1 (R Rixon-Fuller) Annadale 0; Three Rock 3 (L Madeley, H Morris, R Canning) Monkstown 1 (N Dee)

Ulster Premier: Instonians 3 (W Robinson 2, S Redpath) Raphoe 1 (S Goudie); Antrim 2 (J Roe, A Mullan) South Antrim 4 (C Henry 2, J Brown, P Maguire); Bangor 3 (R Burgess 2, M McCombe) North Down 2 (A McKibben, J Gilmore); Portadown 3 (R Scott, S Stevenson, M Winter) Harlequins 3 (M McKenna 2, R Quigley); Kilkeel v Newry (abandoned); Mossley 5 (J Robinson 3, S Hamill, M Anderson) Queen's 1; Civil Service 6 (C Barnes 3, S Armstrong, C Bannister, T Priestley) Cliftonville 0

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