Glens outdo Rovers to Move 7 Points Clear
Glenanne 5 (G.Shaw, R.Couse, S.Boucher, S.O’Donoghue, N.Byrne) TRR 2 (M.Darling, L.Madeley)
Glenanne produced an amazing final flurry of three goals in four minutes to snatch a crucial 5-2 victory in the title race against second placed Three Rock Rovers. It means they have won 10 points this season with goals in the closing five minutes of games, a key factor in their rise to the top and they now look in superb shape to win their first national title since 2010.
Early on, Three Rock made much of the running with a series of early chances with Mitch Darling at the heart of a series of attacks. Mitch Darling put them ahead when he smashed one off the crossbar which bounced back to him and he banged in the rebound.
Against the run of play, the Glens found an equaliser from a corner from a one-two move which fell to Gary Shaw to slap in. Into the second quarter, Glenanne had more of the play and won a couple of corners and they went ahead after a wave of counter-attacks. Richie Shaw slotted the ball to David Keogh who made up 50 yards; he drew the keeper and slipped to Richard Couse to slap home
Luke Madeley equalised early in the second half from a corner and Rovers looked the more likely for parts of the second half to score next as goalkeeper Iain Walker made some brilliant saves. While he kept out those chances, Glenanne summoned a big late push and they went ahead when Shannon Boucher spun 360 degrees and shot in with a dragged shot.
Neil Byrne’s reverse made the game safe with two minutes left as Rovers went down to nine players. Shane O’Donoghue scored a stroke soon after for 5-2. It moves Glenanne seven points clear of Rovers with all of the bottom five still remaining in their last seven league games.
Words by Stephen Findlater, Hook Hockey