Bann de-Railed as Garvey go it alone
Irish international Neal Glassey is aiming to do everything in his power to help his Lisnagarvey team keep the Irish Senior Cup in Ulster ... even though they are the ONLY team from the province left in the quarter-finals.
The talented midfielder scored in the first minute and also the last minute as the Blues beat Ulster Premier League leaders Instonians 3-0 at Shaw's Bridge, and then heard later that holders Banbridge had been shunted off the tracks by Railway Union in Dublin.
And it turned out not only a miserable day weather-wise, but arguably the most miserable day performance-wise for Ulster clubs in the long history of this all-Ireland competition, with two more of their Irish Hockey League sides in Cookstown and Annadale also tumbling out.
Misery too for Ulster Premier League clubs Instonians, Kilkeel, Mossley and South Antrim, although Mossley almost caused a shock when they took IHL team Glenanne to penalty strokes in Dublin before finally losing out.
And that leaves Garvey as Ulster's only representative going into the quarter-final draw, the poorest showing in memory.
Glassey, who is currently in Barcelona with the Irish squad, only joined Garvey during the summer and unlike many in their ranks, hasn't won a Senior Cup medal.
But his two goals yesterday, added to the one against Civil Service in the earlier round, shows that the cup is a target.
It seemed Garvey would run riot against Inst after Glassey stroked home in the opening minute after a slick move and then Sean Murray hammered home the second 12 minutes later from another fine build-up.
But despite their possession they were unable to break down the Inst defence so easily again and it needed Glassey to wrap things up in the final minute.
Bann relinguished the trophy in Dublin where Railway Union, after trailing to a Eugene Magee penalty corner, came from behind to beat them 3-1 - a big turnaround from their 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Havelock Park side just eight weeks ago.
Railway have added several overseas players to their squad since then, but even the introduction of Bann's South African international Brad Logan failed to save Mark Tumilty's side.
Cookstown came close at Three Rock before losing 3-1 in Dublin but Annadale are still searching for their first competitive win of the season after falling 6-3 at home to Leinster provincial team Dublin YMCA.
The defeats by Kilkeel at Cork C of I (3-0) and South Antrim at Pembroke (9-1) were not unexpected but Mossley were gutted to go out on penalty strokes after holding IHL side Glenanne to 3-3 in Dublin.
Meanwhile Bangor and Queen's progressed into the Irish Hockey Trophy semi-finals and Portadown chalked up a welcome Ulster Premier League win while North Down and Belfast Harlequins shared six goals.
Finally, Wallace High beat Friends 3-1 in the McCullough Cup pool play-off and will now meet Banbridge Academy in Wednesday's semi-finals at Lisnagarvey, with Friends to play Sullivan Upper in the other.
RESULTS: Irish Senior Cup 2nd round: Three Rock 3 (R Canning 2, J Hosking) Cookstown 1; Instonians 0 Lisnagarvey 3 (N Glassey 2, S Murray); Annadale 3 (R McGuire 2, C Robson) YMCA 6 (T Ritchie 2, B Campbell 2, F Kelly, J Webber); Railway Union 3 (N Tate, M English, S McKeever) Banbridge 1 (E Magee); Glenanne 3 Mossley 3 (R McIvor, J Cathcart, C McLean) Glenanne won 3-2 on penalty strokes); Cork C of I 3 Kilkeel 0; Pembroke 9 South Antrim 1 (L Marshall); UCC 1 Monkstown 6
Ulster Premier League: North Down 3 (P Wilson, D Shepherd, R McMillan) Harlequins 3 (J Hutchinson, M Gray, P Brown); Portadown 5 (A Stevenson 2, M Winter, M Bennett, S Johnston) Newry 2 (C McKnight, D England); Raphoe v Civil Service (postponed)
Senior League: Antrim 4 (S McIlroy 2, J McMeekin, L Kane) Portrush 2 (J Dillon, B McMillan); Armagh 2 Cliftopnville 3 (D Hurley, A Cardy, N McKimm)
Irish Hockey Trophy quarter-finals: Bangor 4 (R Burgess 2, R Cunningham, M McCombe) Campbellians 2 (C Bannister, S McMillan); Queen's 6 (G Leckey 2, T Sturgeon, P Watt, C Ormandy) Ashton 0