Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Hockey underdogs have a Burn-ing desire

Sullivan Upper and Kilkeel High may be underdogs for this afternoon’s Ulster Bank Burney Cup semi-finals, but neither are going to throw in the towel easily.

Both showed in Monday’s delayed quarter-finals that they have what it takes to make things difficult for the province’s two giants, holders Cookstown High and previous winners Banbridge Academy.

Sullivan beat Bangor Grammar 3-1 to earn the right to face all-powerful Cookstown, with Daniel Nicholl - who has already broken into Annadale’s first team squad in the Ulster Premier League - the star.

Daniel struck twice against the Seasiders with brother David scoring the other before Bangor’s James Mottashaw pulled one back.

Matthew Stevenson was Kilkeel High’s hero as he knocked in two as the Mourne lads beat Portadown College after a penalty shoot-out.

The teams had finished level at 4-4 but Kilkeel went through 5-3 on strokes to set up their semi-final clash against Banbridge.

The semi-finals will be played on the two pitches at Lisnagarvey’s complex in Hillsborough this afternoon, with the action getting under way at 2pm.

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