Irish Hockey League: Garvey winning run ends after draw

Sean Murray struck late to salvage a draw for Lisnagarvey against Three Rock Rovers
Sean Murray struck late to salvage a draw for Lisnagarvey against Three Rock Rovers

Lisnagarvey's 19-game winning streak in the IHL came to an end on Saturday but Sean Murray's late goal secured a 1-1 draw with Three Rock Rovers.

Cork C of I moved up to third in the standings with a 6-2 victory over Railway Union but Instonians remain without a point as they lost to UCD.

In the women's Irish Senior Cup first round holders Ulster Elks crashed out along with Dungannon and Lisnagarvey.

Ards are through after a 6-1 win over Leinster side Muckross.

It was a tight contest between Garvey and Three Rock Rovers at Comber Road and as the game reached its closing stages it looked like being a scoreless draw.

The visitors struck through Conor Empey with four minutes remaining but from a scramble inside the circle Murray pounced to equalise.

Garvey had a chance to win it at the very end from a penalty corner but Rovers survived.

After four rounds of matches, Garvey are a point clear of Monkstown but they can be overtaken if the Dublin side beat Banbridge at Havelock Park on Sunday while with a victory of their own Bann could join their Ulster rivals at the top.

Inst pointless

Cork C of I are up to third place after a 6-2 win at Railway Union while in the battle of the newly promoted teams UCD left Instonians still without a point as they won 3-2 at Belfield.

Two goals from Jeremy Duncan and one from Andy Keane gave the university side a 3-0 lead but Inst came within a goal of securing a draw before running out of time.

In the afternoon's other game Pembroke, with two goals from Irish international Alan Sothern, beat Glenanne 2-1.

Irish Senior Cup holders Ulster Elks are out of this season's competition in the first round, beaten 7-0 at home by Railway Union - former Irish international Emma Smyth scoring twice as Railway produced an outstanding first-half display in the pouring rain.

The Elks, who were looking to win the cup for a third season in a row, will now focus on the league.

Hat-tricks from Chloe Brown and Lucy McKee saw Ards beat Muckross while Ulster's Katie Mullan also scored three for her club UCD in a 9-0 win over Old Alex.

The other two Ulster sides in action were both beaten as Lisnagarvey went down 1-0 at home to Trinity and Dungannon were beaten 4-1 by IHL side Loreto, with the goal for the County Tyrone side coming from Laura White.

Chloe Watkins netted twice for Hermes-Monkstown as they beat Corinthian 5-0 and Cork Harlequins won the city derby beating UCC 3-0.

Men's EY Hockey League - Saturday 15 October
Railway Union 2-6Cork C of I
Glenanne1-2Pembroke Wanderers
UCD3-2Instonians
Lisnagarvey1-1Three Rock Rovers
Women's Irish Senior Cup - Saturday 15 October
Ulster Elks0-7Railway Union
Ards6-1Muckross
UCD9-0Old Alex
Lisnagarvey0-1Trinity
Dungannon1-4Loreto
Hermes-Monkstown5-0Corinthians
Cork Harlequins3-0UCC

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