Church of Ireland 3 Bandon 1
CHURCH of Ireland picked up their first bit of silverware of the season as they won the Peard Cup at Garryduff yesterday.
The got the better of titleholders, Bandon, in an entertaining and competitive game, with Jonny Bruton's goal in the 50th minute sealing the win.
The win will see them go into the second half of the season in confident form as they bid to win the Munster title and also in their bid to get back into the top flight of the EY Irish Hockey League.
The first chance fell to Bandon when Fionn O'Leary's shot was well saved from a penalty corner.
But with experienced heads like David Hobbs and John Jermyn at the back Church of Ireland started to get the upper hand and the warning signs were there for Bandon.
Their first chance fell to Jermyn from a penalty corner in the eighth minute, which was superbly blocked by O'Leary. But a minute later Jermyn made no mistake as his drag-flick found the back of the net, to make it 1-0.
It took another superb save from Hosford to deny them a second, this time from a Jonny Bruton effort.
With 17 minutes gone they were two up when a reverse stick shot from Bruton was tapped over the line by Stephen Parker.
But Bandon kept battling away and just before half-time, they pulled one back when Karl Smyth got on the end of a through ball from Ivor Sweetnam.
Chances were few and far between at the start of the second half, with the first real chance falling to Bruton, with Colin Kingston denying him.
But the pressure eventually paid off with Phil Smith playing Bruton in and he turned to fire past Hosford to seal the win.
Bruton and Rob Sweetnam both had chances to increase their lead, but Hosford denied the former and the latter's shot went just wide, as Church of Ireland ran out deserving winners.
Scorers for Church of Ireland: J Jermyn, S Parker, J Bruton.
Bandon: K Smyth.
CHURCH OF IRELAND: P Coulter, A O'Callaghan, A Salter, M Collins, K O'Dea, S Wolfe, J Jermyn, J Bruton, P Sweetnam, M Gallagher, D Hobs.
Rolling subs: R Sweetnam, D Lynch, S Parker, P Smith, P Byrne, C Dorgan, A Deane.
BANDON: I Hosford, F O'Leary, C Sweetnam, A Smith, R Smith, M Jennings, D Smith, C Kingston, I Perrott, E Hamilton Foott, R Smyth.
Rolling subs: I O'Neill, C Wood, C Crowley. I Sweetnam, E Nyhan, K Smyth.
Umpires: Malcolm Coombes and Trevor Gray.