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McKee keeps Bann clear at top as focus turns to Monkstown duel


Decisive strike: Johnny McKee
Decisive strike: Johnny McKee

By Graham Hamilton

Banbridge made it four EY Irish Hockey League wins from five games when they came from behind to edge out Annadale 2-1 at Strathearn.

The Dale's Ryan Burgess opened his account for his new club but Fraser Mills quickly levelled for Bann before Irish international striker Johnny McKee produced a late winner to keep his side clear at the top of the table.

And Mark Tumilty's lads now turn their attention to Sunday's home clash against Monkstown (2.30pm) knowing that a win would put some space between themselves and one of their main challengers.

Meanwhile, Instonians hit eight goals for the second time in a week when they crushed previous Ulster Premier League leaders Portadown.

William Robinson knocked in a hat-trick in the 8-2 success, which came hot on the heels of their 8-0 thumping of Cork students UCC on Saturday in the IHL2 series.

Ross Blair and Stephen Kelso each got a brace and Gavin Leckey was also on the mark.

Matthew Winter and Matthew Beattie replied for the Ports, who suffered their first league defeat of the campaign.

Four of Inst's goals came in a five-minute period and the only downside was an eye injury picked up by Michael Watt.

Inst have no game tomorrow as opponents Antrim are involved in the Linden Cup.

There was good news for champions Kilkeel, who bounced back after last weekend's heavy 6-2 defeat at home to Corinthian in the IHL2 - they romped to a 7-1 success at Antrim.

Gareth Russell hit two and David Finlay, Mark Henning, Eddie Agnew, Ashton Graham and Johnny Aiken shared the others. Dean Wilson netted for Antrim.

EY Irish Hockey League: Annadale 1 (R Burgess) Banbridge 2 (F Mills, J McKee).

Ulster Premier League: Instonians 7 (W Robinson 3, R Blair 2, S Kelso 2, G Leckey) Portadown 2 (M Winter, M Beattie); Antrim 1 (D Wilson) Kilkeel 7 (G Russell 2, D Finlay, M Henning, E Agnew, A Graham, J Aiken).

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