Ryan McCrea netted twice for Mossley Men’s Hockey club on Tuesday night as his side came from a goal behind to defeat Instonians 3-1 on their own patch.
Instonians were very much in the ascendancy in the opening stages of the game and, with five minutes gone, they had the ball in the net only for it to be disallowed. It was only a matter of time until they made the breakthrough and just two minutes later they took the lead from a short-corner set-piece.
But Mossley showed great fighting spirit to weather the storm and began to ask questions of the home defence with a series of short corners.
With 20 minutes on the clock, Simon Todd flashed a lovely cross from the right wing and McCrea guided the ball with his reverse past the Inst goalkeeper to level the game.
Mossley edged in front soon after with McCrea again on hand to convert from a short corner switch.
Todd was making excellent progress driving down the right hand side and won another short corner as Inst struggled to answer his surging runs. Up stepped James Lorimer who converted the flick low to the keeper’s left to make it 3-1 to Mossley at the break.
Instonians were reduced to 10 men after the break and a mix-up between goalkeeper and defender sent McCrea through with a great chance for his hat-trick, however, the ‘keeper just scrambled back to deny him.
When Inst returned to their full compliment it resulted in inevitable pressure on the Mossley rearguard. But the visitors defended very well with Phil Hamill, Scott McNeill, Mark and Tim Moreland and ‘keeper Richard Johnson answering every question asked of them. Johnson, in particular, was in fine form as he stood up to a succession of short corners and Inst attacks.
As the game went on, the excellent travelling support began to think that this could just be Mossley’s night and so it turned out. The cheer at the final whistle proved just how much this meant to Mossley who, after a great run and a few weeks of coming close against top sides, proved they have what it takes to win these games.