YMCA’s late comback stuns Glenanne

Two goals in final five minutes secure a 3-2 victory

 



While the top of the Leinster men’s Division One table remains pretty much unchanged, YMCA’s stunning late comeback win over Glenanne had a big impact on the race for Irish Hockey League places.

Stephen Barry’s side have struggled this season the Y looked to be staring down the barrel of another defeat when Gary Shaw’s second-half double put the Glens 2-1 up with less than five minutes to play.

But Andrew Walker and Ben Campbell augmented Richie Pedreschi’s earlier goal to swing the tie their way 3-2.

It did not have any effect on the overall standings but, with UCD shading their date with Railway Union 2-1, it leaves Glenanne four points off the students who occupy fourth spot – the last of the four automatic IHL qualification spaces.

In addition, it lifted YMCA clear of Fingal in ninth place and well out of reach of basement side Rathgar

Three Rock Rovers remain top following a comfortable 6-2 win over Rathgar. Jody Hosking’s fortuitous effort started the run. A Shane Madeley drag-flick and an Ali Haughton goal from a broken down penalty corner extended the margin before Johnny Walker got two back for Rathgar in the second half.

Monkstown stay second, three points off the pace courtesy of a 6-4 win over Corinthian. Four of the goals came from defenders with Keith Kenning nabbing a rare goal while Andy Ewington and a Richard Sykes double put them 6-2 clear before Matt Brown and Alan Blennerhassett made the scoreboard more sympathetic.

Mark Loughrey’s double, meanwhile, kept Pembroke in third spot.