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Garvey land chance to avenge cup final reverse

By Graham Hamilton

Published 24/10/2016

Up close: Stephen McGrath (left) of Belfast Harlequins challenges Cork C of I’s Alec Moffett at Deramore Park
Up close: Stephen McGrath (left) of Belfast Harlequins challenges Cork C of I’s Alec Moffett at Deramore Park

Lisnagarvey will get the chance to avenge their controversial Irish Senior Cup final defeat to Monkstown last season when the two meet in this season's second round scheduled for early December.

The two giants came out of the hat together in yesterday's draw and the Blues will be out to turn around their loss on penalty strokes last March.

And it's a tough draw for Banbridge too - they host Three Rock, the team that held them to a draw earlier this month in the Irish Hockey League

There's also an all-Ulster tie, with Belfast rivals Annadale and Instonians meeting head-on while Cookstown are on the road to Dublin University.

Mossley and Kilkeel won't be too unhappy with their draws, with home ties against Railway Union and UCD respectively.

In Saturday's first round it was Garvey's Daniel Buser who broke Pembroke hearts for the second time this month by converting a penalty stroke.

Buser did the same in the 2-1 win in Dublin at the start of the month and this time he put away the award four minutes from time to earn the 3-2 success.

Cookstown edged through with the only goal of the game at Kilkeel, and it was Keith Black - who predicted how close it would be - who sent the Red Army home happy.

Zach McClelland returned to Edenvilla Park for the first time since leaving Portadown to join Instonians and he scored twice as the Belfast side romped to a 6-0 win.

And Simon Todd was on the mark again for Mossley as they chalked up a fine 3-0 win over Dubliners Avoca.

But it was the end of the road for Belfast Harlequins, despite Luke McClelland's two goals, Civil Service and Raphoe who all bowed out to southern opposition.

Annadale, meanwhile, leapfrogged to the top of the Ulster Premier League with a 7-1 success at Campbellians, taking full advantage of their rivals being involved in the cup.

And Newry's recent improvement bore reward when they crushed North Down 4-0 in Comber with Keith McWilliams ramming home his second hat-trick of the season.

Irish Senior Cup second round draw (December 3): Banbridge v Three Rock, Cork C of I v YMCA, Corinthian v Glenanne, Mossley v Railway Union, Annadale v Instonians, Dublin Univ v Cookstown, Lisnagarvey v Monkstown, Kilkeel v UCD.

Irish Senior Cup 1st round: Civil Service 1 (G Saunders) Three Rock Rovers 7 (L Madeley 2, B Walker 2, D Shirley, H Morris, C Empey); Belfast Harlequins 2 (L McClelland 2) Cork C of I 4 (S Wolfe, P Brownlow, J Dale, S Sweetnam); Clontarf 1 (J Mullins) Dublin YMCA 3 (T Ritchie, R Anderson, J Tobin); Corinthian 6 (J Bruton 2, D Howard, S Reid, G Holmes) Raphoe 0; Kilkeel 0 Cookstown 1 (K Black); Mossley 3 (S Todd, P Hamill S Clarke) Avoca 0; Pembroke Wanderers 2 (A Sothern, M Elliott) Lisnagarvey 3 (A Williamson, D Nelson, D Buser); Portadown 0 Instonians 6 (W Robinson 2, Z McClelland 2, S Kelso 2); Rathgar 1 UCD 4

Ulster Premier League: Campbellians 1 (A MIllar) Annadale 7 (C Thompson 2, M Robson, C Robson, C Heath, B Wallace); North Down 0 Newry Olympic 4 (K McWilliams 3, R Irwin)

Senior One: Bangor 2 (R Cunningham, R Burgess) Antrim 4 (S McIlroy 2, I Brownlees, S Clyde); Ballynahinch 1 Cliftonville 4 (J Allen, W Booker, D Hurley, M McParland); Portrush 2 (A Kerr, J Dillon) Armagh 0; South Antrim 3 Queen's 4

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