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Gordon Cracknell

Gordon Cracknell

Edward Rowe's stunning late double rescued Banbridge a hard earned point from their Irish Hockey League clash with Glenanne in Dublin on Saturday.

The Banbridge Academy student struck twice in the last four minutes as his side kept alive their unbeaten record in the competition which stretches back to last year.

Bann looked to have too much to do after their hosts had gone 2-0 up with first-half goals from Stephen Brownlow and Shane O'Donoghue.

But Gordon Cracknell's side kept plugging away and fully deserved a share of the points after dominating most of the second-half.

Coach Cracknell said: "The lads deserve a lot of credit for the way they kept going right to the end and I always thought we could take something from the game.

"It was especially pleasing as it was our first game back and we had difficulty arranging friendlies in the pre-season period."

Lisnagarvey made it two wins from two after defeating Pembroke 3-2 in Dublin with yet another comeback victory.

Nick Burns put Pembroke ahead against the run of play but goals from Daniel Nelson and Troy Chambers put the Hillsborough 2-1 up at the break.

Alan Sothern levelled early in the second-half but Andy Williamson hit the winner from a set-piece with the aid of a deflection.

Annadale, meanwhile, went down 2-1 to Monkstown, who scored a late winner through Jeremey Duncan after James Clark had cancelled out Andrew Fogarty's opener.

In the Ulster Premier League, Instonians made it two from two but only after a scare.

Spencer Pinion's winner in a 5-4 away victory over South Antrim came with the last play of the game after the Belfast side had been 2-0 down early on.

Champions Cookstown also have maximum points after Michael Kerr scored twice in a 4-2 win over Mossley, while Michael Patterson's last gasp winner sealed Belfast Harlequins a 4-3 success over Newry.

Results - EYHL: Annadale 1 Monkstown 2; Corinthian 1 Three Rock 6; Glenanne 2 Banbridge 2; Pembroke 2 Lisnagarvey 3; UCD 1 YMCA 2; Ulster Premier: Harlequins 4 Newry 3; Civil Service 0 Portadown 2; Cookstown 4 Mossley 2; Kilkeel 2 North Down 1; South Antrim 4 Instonians 5 

Belfast Telegraph