Mossley Hockey Club completed the great escape on Wednesday night at Stormont when a 3-1 victory over Portadown saw them retain their Premier League status for next year.
The atmosphere at the ground certainly matched the occasion as around 300 fans from both clubs cheered on the teams.
It was Mossley who got the dream start when Scott McNeill converted their first short corner of the game. Portadown were rocked by the goal but fought back to level shortly after.
The second half began brightly, and, if anything, Portadown looked most likely to edge in front. But excellent goalkeeping from Ben McMillan and some last-gasp defending from Mossley ensured the scores remained level.
Then, with 10 minutes gone, the impressive Ross McIvor broke through, rounded several Portadown defenders and fed Neal Glassey who slotted home to send the Mossley crowd wild.
Ten minutes later it was Portadown’s turn to cheer as their team won a penalty-flick. But McMillan was equal to it and his excellent save was followed up by Ian Strange’s goal-line clearance.
With five minutes to go the Glade men gained some breathing space through Joel Cathcart who netted number three.
As the clock ticked down, the crowd saluted the victorious team who will now look to take an excellent finish to the season and build on it for next year.
This young team has bags of talent, and with some more experience and hard work they could become a force to be reckoned with.