Irish Hockey League: Banbridge top of men's table after win over Railway Union

Eugene Magee scored one of Banbridge's goals in the win over Railway Union
Eugene Magee (centre) was on target in Banbridge's 4-0 win over Railway Union

Banbridge moved back to the top of the men's Irish Hockey League after a 4-0 win over Railway Union coupled with Monkstown's 4-2 defeat at the hands of Lisnagarvey who move up to third place.

In the women's league, Belfast Harlequins earned a surprise 2-2 draw at champions Hermes-Monkstown.

They remain in ninth place on goal difference after Pembroke Wanderers won their first game of the season.

Ulster Elks drop to bottom spot after a 9-0 hammering by Pegasus at Queens.

In the men's league, Banbridge were out of the stalls quickly at struggling Railway Union and were 4-0 up inside 25 minutes. Peter Brown set Bann on their way with Dane Ward, Eugene Magee and Matty Bell also on target.

Banbridge are now top of the table, a point ahead of Monkstown who were beaten 4-2 by Lisnagarvey who moved up to third, just three points of the top.

Lisnagarvey avenge Monkstown cup defeat

The two sides had met only a few weeks ago with the Dublin side knocking Garvey out of the Irish Cup but this time Andy Williamson scored twice for the Ulster side with Matthew Nelson and Michael Robson getting the others.

Cork Harlequins beat Glenanne 2-1 with international John Jermyn grabbing the winner from a penalty corner.

The game between Instonians and Three Rock Rovers was postponed because of a frozen pitch at Shaw's Bridge.

Two second quarter goals from Alex Speers put Pegasus on their way to a thumping 9-0 win over Ulster Elks. Five third-quarter goals followed as Speers went on to secure her hat trick.

Former Irish international Michelle Harvey and Suzanne Ferris each netted twice with Lucy McKee and Hannah Craig completing the scoring.

Pegasus player Michelle Harvey battles with Ulster Elks' Anna Kozniuk
Pegasus hammered Ulster Elks 9-0 at Queens

With Pembroke Wanderers winning their first game of the season, 2-1, at Railway Union it means the Elks are now bottom of the table on goal difference from Belfast Harlequins and Pembroke.

A deflection from a penalty corner by Gemma Frazer gave Harlequins the lead as they looked to avenge a 10-1 drubbing at the hands of the defending champions Hermes-Monkstown on the opening day of the season.

Sophie Moore equalised before half-time and a penalty stroke converted by Irish international Chloe Watkins in the third quarter put the leaders in front before another Frazer strike saw Harlequins levelling.

Ulster's Lizzie Colvin was on target for her club Loreto in a 2-1 win over Cork Harlequins, a result that cemented their place in the top four.

Monkstown lead the way but by only five points over UCD who play Ards on Sunday.

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