Irish Hockey League: Lisnagarvey and Monkstown clinch second wins

James Lorimer scored twice from penalty corners for Lisnagarvey
James Lorimer scored twice from penalty corners for Lisnagarvey

Champions Lisnagarvey and Monkstown were the only two men's sides to win both games on the opening weekend of the Irish Hockey League season.

Lisnagarvey saw off Railway Union 7-0 in Dublin while Monkstown defeated Instonians 3-1 at Shaw's Bridge.

In the women's IHL Hermes-Monkstown continued their hot scoring start as they beat Ards 5-2.

Pegasus, Cork Harlequins and Railway Union also made it two wins out of two over the first weekend.

James Lorimer scored twice from penalty corners for Lisnagarvey, with the other goals coming from Matthew Nelson, Peter McDonnell, Daniel Nelson, Andy Williamson and a penalty stroke converted by captain Daniel Buser.

Monkstown were involved in a tight, competitive contest with Instonians putting up a tough fight in the second half before succumbing 3-1 in the end.

David Carson's deft touch after only five minutes gave the Dublin side the lead and David Cole doubled that advantage in the second quarter when he scored from a rebound at a penalty corner.

After the interval Inst really give it a go and William Robinson's strike from a short corner was no more than the home side deserved.

They came close to an equaliser but Karl Smith's fine finish with five minutes remaining sealed the win for Monkstown.

Banbridge were held to a 2-2 draw at Glenanne. After going a goal behind Bann came storming back with Jonny McKee equalising and Eugene Magee putting them ahead.

However a late goal from Sam O'Connor meant the points were shared.

New boys UCD earned their first point with a 3-3 draw against Three Rock Rovers and Irish Olympian John Jermyn was on target as Cork C of I beat Pembroke 3-0.

After scoring six on Saturday in the season opening 10-1 win over Belfast Harlequins, forward Anna O'Flanagan added a hat-trick for Hermes-Monkstown as they defeated Ards 5-2.

Catriona McGilp and Lizzie Redwood scored the other goals for the defending champions with Chloe Brown and Sara Alexander replying for Ards.

Pegasus came from behind to beat Pembroke 3-1 with all the goals coming in the first half.

After Erika Hinkson gave the visitors the lead Alex Speers equalised, turning in Stephanie Thompson's pass from a well worked short corner.

Rosie Henderson put the Belfast side into the lead shortly afterwards and Speers produced a beautiful finish on the reverse stick for her second of the match.

After the heavy defeat in their EYHL debut, Belfast Harlequins put in a much better performance at Railway Union but lost 2-0 while Rebecca Barry scored for Cork Harlequins in a 3-0 win over her former club Ulster Elks.

UCD and Loreto drew 2-2.

Men's EY Hockey League - Saturday 24 September
Railway Union 2-0Glenanne
Monkstown3-0Cork C of I
Banbridge4-2Three Rock Rovers
Sunday 25 September
Railway Union0-7Lisnagarvey
Cork C of I3-0Pembroke
UCD3-3Three Rock Rovers
Women's Irish Hockey League - Saturday 24 September
UCD 4-0Ards
Loreto0-1Cork Harlequins
Pembroke0-3Railway Union
Belfast Harlequins1-10Hermes-Monkstown
Ulster Elks2-6Pegasus
Sunday 25 September
Ulster Elks 0-3Cork Harlequins
Railway Union2-0Belfast Harlequins