Banbridge to the four as they book place in EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy final
Banbridge will meet Cardiff in this afternoon's EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy final, after both finished top of their pools yesterday afternoon.
Mark Tumilty's lads needed just a draw against Scottish side Kelburne in their final Pool A game but they came strong in the second half and goals from Stephen Dowds, skipper Eugene Magee, Bruce McCandless and Jamie Wright earned them a comfortable 4-0 win.
Earlier they had drawn 2-2 with Swiss side Rotweiss Wettingen on Friday, with goals from Stephen Dowds and Bruce McCandless and then beaten Belarus side Minsk 4-1 on Saturday with Dowds striking twice from set pieces and Fraser Mills opening their account and Jamie Wright also on the mark.
Yesterday Dowds scored his fourth goal of the tournament from open play to give Bann an interval lead and Magee, McCandless and Wright also found the net from open play in the final 20 minutes.
They now meet Cardiff in tomorrow's final (3.15pm), after the Welsh side finished top of Pool B on goal difference.
Meanwhile Ireland men completed their three-game series in Hamburg against Olympic champions Germany with a 6-1 defeat, following earlier 9-0 and 6-0 defeats.
The results underline the mammoth task ahead of the Irish, although the Germans are further ahead in their preparations as they play in the Champions Trophy series next month, and the Green Machine were without keeper David Harte and Banbridge trio Eugene Magee, Matthew Bell and Drew Carlisle.
The one Irish goal came from John Jermyn who deflected in Mikie Watt's shot.