Cookstown expect big finish in EY Hockey League final weekend

Cookstown midfielder Simon Todd
Cookstown midfielder Simon Todd
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Two fantastic performances against Monkstown and Lisnagarvey might not have garnered any points, but will hold Cookstown in good stead as they go into the last weekend of fixtures in this season’s EY Hockey League.

Cookstown take on Three Rock Rovers and a win of any kind will be enough to confirm them in the All Ireland Hockey playoffs and condemn Annadale to provincial action next season.

The Reds are two points ahead of the Carryduff men with both facing away matches against tough Dublin opposition.

Cookstown’s greater goal difference means that Annadale will have to win by more than four goals to survive and hope that the Reds lose. A point will do for Cookstown but there is little doubt that the Reds will be out to win when they make the drive to take on Three Rock at Grange Road on Saturday.

Three Rock must win big to have any hope of jumping from sixth into the last playoff spot at the expense of Pembroke Wanderers and Glenanne. Pembroke are at home to Cork while Glenanne face an away trip to Banbridge.

Annadale have it all to do. They are away to Monkstown and must win - and win big - to have any hope of survival in the top flight of Irish hockey. They are coming off a dreadful run of form losing 5-2 at home to Banbridge and Pembroke in two of the last three weekends.

PLD GD PTS

Lisnagarvey 17 28 48

Monkstown 16 20 32

Banbridge 17 14 30

Glenanne 17 -4 23

Pembroke 17 -2 22

Three Rock Rovers 17 -3 21

Railway Union 17 -5 18

Cork 16 -8 16

Cookstown 17 -18 13

Annadale 17 -22 11