William Edgar’s name wasn’t listed in the match programme, but his stunning third senior goal for Annadale, ensured his name would be remembered.
Edgar, who celebrated his 18th birthday last week with twin brother John , produced an outstanding all-round performance, which helped keep Annadale in the title hunt.
He had, at times, the Comber sides defence at sixes and sevens, and if it wasn’t for some marvellous goal-keeping by Andy Coates, he could easily have added to his solitary effort.
Needing a win to keep in the title chase, Annadale started strongly, winning a series of short corners. But Dale’s penalty corner routine, which is normally lethal, was uncharacteristically out of form, and when Stephen McGimpsey took their sixth penalty corner off the line in the 27th minute, Dale were becoming anxious.
However, with five minutes of the half remaining Ian Hamilton steadied the ship, when he hammered home their ninth corner in off the cross bar.
North Down refused to lie down as they went for the equaliser but in the 55th minute when the home side were reduced to 10 men, after McGimpsey was green carded, Annadale struck.
A flowing move from right to left, saw Michael Purcell and Paul Jackson link to set up Jonny Quigley for a superb second goal.
Seven minutes later, Annadale secured victory through Edgar, when he cut along the top of the North Down circle to unleash an unstoppable reverse stick shot, which rifled the ball into the net.
And with three minutes remaining, Scott Caruth scored a consolation goal for North Down, when he showed how to score a penalty corner, with a goal that went in like a bullet.
It is as you were at the top of the premiership, with all the top three sides winning.
Leaders Cookstown kept their noses in front, thanks to goals from brothers Ian and Stephen Sloan, Ivan Steen and a rare Ewan Butler effort, as they saw off Mossley with Simon Todd scoring for the visitors.
Banbridge went on a goal scoring romp at Donegal, hitting five past Raphoe. Ross McCandless notched up his 38th and 39th goals of the season, Dane Ward, Colin Dowds and Simon Magowan also getting on the score sheet.
And with Annadale winning at Comber, the title is still in the melting pot.
Lisnagarvey secured at least a coveted top five place, for qualification into next season’s IHL, thanks to a late winner from Mark Raphael. But they had to come from behind, after Gareth Russell gave Kilkeel an early lead. But further goals from Timmy Cockram, Peter MacDonnell secured a narrow victory.
Irish Junior Cup
Both Lisnagarvey and Cookstown crashed out of the Irish Junior Cup semi-finals, as they lost to their southern opponents. YMCA securing a 3-1 win over much fancied Cookstown, and Monkstown seeing off Garvey 3-2.
An Andrew Shannon hat-trick, ensured North Down III’s would be playing Junior 2 hockey next season, after they clinched promotion defeating Inst III 3-2.
Kilkeel 2 Lisnagarvey 3
North Down 1 Annadale 3
Cookstown 4 Mossley 1
Raphoe 1 Banbridge 5
Portadown P Down
Queens 3 Cliftonville 0
Antrim 4 Armagh 0
Sussex Regiment Cup
Foyle 1 Ballymena 5
Campbellians w/o Omagh
Portrush 2 Ballynahinch 3
Irish Junior Cup - Semi Final
Lisnagarvey II 2 Monkstown II 3
Cookstown II 1 YMCA 3
Junior Shield - Semi Final
Bangor III 4 Armagh II 1
Raphoe III V Cookstown V
Minor Cup – Semi Final
Queens II V Campbellians II
Mossley V 2 North Down IV 1
Irish Hockey Trophy Final
Civil Service 6 Suttonians 0