Irish Men's Hockey League: Promoted Instonians handed opening defeats

Newly promoted Instonians lost both their games on the opening weekend of the Irish Hockey League.

They were beaten 2-1 at Pembroke Wanderers on Saturday but missed a late penalty stroke that would have given them a point.

On Sunday they were close again to gaining a draw against last season’s league runners-up and Irish Cup winners, Monkstown, before going down to a 3-1 defeat at Shaw’s Bridge.

BBC Sport