Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

McCandless set to strike it hot in Irish Hockey League

Ross McCandless has a double reason why he wants to get among the goals on Saturday.

Firstly, if he can find the net at Raphoe in the Irish Senior Cup first round, then there is every chance his team can keep up their two-pronged attack on all-Ireland honours, as they are already top of their pool in the Irish Hockey League.

The second reason is a personal one ... he is currently top of the goalscoring charts for Podium Ulster Premier League play

ers, and Saturday gives him a chance to put more daylight between himself and the nearest contenders. Ross, one of the top penalty corner exponents in Ulster, has already claimed 17 competitive goals this season — three more than second placed Chris Barnes from Instonians.

Barnes may find it hard to score this weekend as Inst have strong opponents in Cork Harlequins at Shaw's Bridge.

Irish Senior Cup 1st round: Dublin YMCA v Pembroke Wanderers, Claremont, 1.30pm; Kilkenny v Three Rock Rovers, Kilkenny 2pm; Fingal v Bandon, Aer Lingus, 1.30pm; Glenanne v Catholic Inst, Glenanne, 3pm; Monkstown v Cookstown, Rathdown, 1.30pm; Instonians v Cork Harlequins, Shaw’s Bridge, 1pm; UCD v Bangor, UCD; Raphoe v Banbridge, Royal & Prior, 1pm; Antrim v Cork C of I, Antrim Forum, 1pm. Senior One: Armagh v Portadown, Ardmore, 1pm; Ballynahinch v South Antrim, Donard Park, Newcastle, 1pm; Civil Service v North Down, Stormont, 2.30pm; Cliftonville v Belfast Harlequins, CIYMS, 2.30pm; Queen's v Kilkeel, Upper Malone, 2.30pm.