Lisnagarvey see off Three Rock Rovers to move to top of men’s EY Hockey League

Rovers lose unbeaten record and drop down to third in tight tussle at the top of the table

Peter McKibbin in action for Lisnagarvey who move top of the table after victory at home over Three Rock Rovers. Photograph: Adrian Boehm

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Lisnagarvey came from behind to defeat Three Rock Rovers 3-2 at Comber Road in the sole game to be played this weekend in the men's EY Hockey League with the hosts moving shared top of the standings.

It ended Rovers' unbeaten record in the competition and sees them drop to third place, two points off Garvey and Glenanne.

It was a closely fought encounter with two goals for the hosts on either side of the third quarter break proving decisive. Rovers pulled a goal back with just over six minutes left but were unable to find an equaliser.


The Rathfarnham side went ahead from their first circle entry on nine minutes, some lovely one-touch hockey from Evan Jennings and Ross Canning providing the chance for Ryan Spencer to net at the far post.

Garvey levelled matters seven minutes later when Ryan Getty's cross from the left was met by Ben Nelson who finished high into the net from close range.

After a relatively featureless second quarter, James Corry shot wide from a penalty corner and then Rovers keeper Ben Whelan saved at full-strength from Ben Nelson's powerful effort from the edge of the D.

On 51 minutes, it was 2-1 to the Hillsborough side, Peter McKibbin scoring from the penalty spot after Corry's set-piece shot had struck a defender's foot.

Eight minutes into the final quarter, James Lorimer rifled home a penalty corner to make it 3-1.

Rovers reduced the deficit when Spencer got his second from close range from a rebound off James Milliken’s pads but it was too little, too late.

Next weekend sees another huge encounter with Glenanne facing Three Rock Rovers in the current three-way tussle at the head of the table.

Stephen Findlater

Stephen Findlater

Stephen Findlater is a contributor to The Irish Times writing about hockey