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Cookstown's request to call off Kirk Cup semi is granted


By Graham Hamilton

Sunday's second Kirk Cup semi-final between Cookstown and Annadale at Shaw's Bridge has been postponed due to a bereavement.

The tie was due to follow the Banbridge and Lisnagarvey showdown at the same venue but a Cookstown request to have the game put off was accepted, as the bereaved is the grandfather of three of the players and also the father-in-law of coach Michael Haycock.

The game will be rearranged for later this month, possibly in midweek.

Annadale booked their place in the semi-final with Tuesday's 2-1 Pool D win over Belfast Harlequins at Strathearn.

Goals from Ryan Burgess and Andrew O'Hare did the trick for the EY Irish Hockey League side, with Michael Gray replying for the Deramore lads.

The first semi-final between Banbridge and Lisnagarvey will go ahead on Sunday at Shaw's Bridge as scheduled (1.30pm) when a good crowd is expected to watch the derby rivals battle it out for a place in the Boxing Day decider.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Premier League game between Newry and Antrim this evening is also off.

Antrim, instead, will play their Linden Cup pool game against Ballynahinch tomorrow afternoon (2.30pm).

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