Three Rock continue comeback in Irish league to end Glenanne unbeaten run

Three Rock Rovers made it three wins in the men’s EYHL in eight days to see them close in on the top four in Ireland’s EY Hockey League as Ross Canning’s spectacular 64th minute goal won the day.

He took in an overhead from Daragh Walsh on the run and then hammered through Iain Walker’s defences, inflicting a first defeat of the season on leaders Glenanne.

In a cracking tie in front of a good crowd at Grange Road, Glenanne went closest in the first quarter when Eddie O’Malley’s corner touch hit the post. Rovers stepped up their game in the second and took the lead from a quick counter as Harry Morris picked out Ali Empey alone in the D and he lifted a perfect shot over Walker.

On 31 minutes, Luke Madeley picked out the top corner from Rovers’ only corner – reduced to four defenders due to a line-break – for 2-0 at half-time. The Glens had a couple of big chances before half-time with Jamie Carr keeping Rovers two clear and he then saved a Joe Brennan stroke just after half-time.

The goalkeeper also produced a remarkable treble save off the line as Rovers rode out a rocky period. Former Belgian Under-21 international Jerome Saeys did get one on the board from a fifth corner to half the gap with 22 minutes to go.

Rovers, though, were creating lots of chances with Iain Walker and profligate finishing stopping them from going clear before Canning’s wonder strike. There was time for Carr to tip over at full stretch from Shannon Boucher to keep a healthy gap between the sides.

The Irish EHL KO16 side had a poor start to their outdoor league campaign but look to be gathering momentum now following a successful indoor season where they won the Irish title and earned a second successive European promotion.