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Murray eyes league surge as Lisnagravey face Queen's

By John Flack

Lisnagarvey Ladies coach Mark Murray will be hoping his team can build on last weekend's impressive first-half display when they take on Queen's on Saturday at Upper Malone.

Garvey banished the unhappy memory of an 8-1 Premier League defeat by the Ulster Elks as they produced a battling display in the rematch despite going down 4-2 in the quarter-final of the Irish Senior Cup.

But Murray admits he is puzzled by the fact that his team are languishing in the lower reaches of the table after such an encouraging display.

"It didn't look good when we conceded a goal after only two minutes on Saturday but we did very well in the remainder of the first half to go in at the break level at 2-2," he reflected.

"They were on top in the second half and I think we ran out of legs a little but, overall, we can take heart from the performance.

"Now the challenge will be to try and replicate our first-half display over 70 minutes against Queen's on Saturday.

"They are one of the sides we would be aiming to take points off.

"But the league table doesn't lie and we will be aiming to climb our way up the rankings very soon."

Whatever happens in the interim, Garvey could still be safe from the threat of dropping down to Senior One if the Irish Hockey League goes ahead next season and the authorities put relegation on hold to make up the numbers.

Elsewhere, Ards will be fancied to continue their winning run as they take on Randalstown, who lost 3-0 to Lurgan on Saturday.

The Co Armagh side travel to Deramore on Friday night to tackle Belfast Harlequins while in the other top flight game, Ballymoney are up against basement side Portadown at the Joey Dunlop Centre.

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