Twas the Last EY Game Before Christmas
Lisnagarvey 1 (Matthew Nelson) TRR 3 (Luke Madeley x2, Ross Canning)
Three Rock produced their strongest performance of the season to date in a high quality tie at Comber Road, reversing the result from their first meeting this season.
Garvey had more of the possession in the first quarter and had a couple of circle enteries before opening the scoring in the 8th minute. Andy Williamson fed Matthew Nelson sliding in on the back post after a quick counter-attack set them through two on two.
Rovers equalised 15 minutes in when a mis-injected corner led to a couple of attempts at goal before falling to Ross Canning near the baseline and he quickly flicked in, indoor-style.
Luke Madeley then struck from a corner for 2-1 at the end of the first quarter and it stayed that way into the big break. High quality play from Garvey got them to the baseline on a couple of occasions after half-time but Rovers defended well to limit the danger.
The fourth quarter was again played at a very high pace. Jamie Carr made two stunning saves, the latter the best as he somehow got up to swat away for close range after an initial save.
Rovers put the result to bed with three minutes to go when Madeley – one of just three attackers at the head of the circle – scored his second. Garvey’s hopes of a fightback were then stymied as Paul Gleghorne picked up a card.
Words Stephen Findlater
Photo Andrew McKibbin