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Net gain: Man of the match James Milliken helped Garvey reach Irish Senior Cup decider
Net gain: Man of the match James Milliken helped Garvey reach Irish Senior Cup decider

By Graham Hamilton

Irish Hockey League leaders Lisnagarvey can now look forward to an Irish Senior Cup final appearance for the first time since 2005.

Errol Lutton's team maintained their lofty league position on Saturday with a 2-0 success at Monkstown in Dublin and then followed it up yesterday in Hillsborough with a 3-1 cup semi-final success over Glenanne.

The Blues will now meet Three Rock Rovers in the decider when each player in their squad will be making their first appearance at this stage of the competition.

It was a deserved success over Glenanne yesterday but Lutton knows that the Dublin side will be back in Hillsborough this Saturday for a crunch league clash and that's his next priority.

"That was a proper cup tie," he said. "We had a particularly good first half and then when we had to dig in late in the second our defence held up well, with our keeper James Milliken pulling off some fine saves.

"But we have them back again here next week for a league match, and although we are three points ahead of them with a game in hand, we don't want to throw that advantage away."

Milliken certainly was a worthy of man of the match - Glenanne are renowned for their clinical set-pieces, but the keeper was only beaten from one of six, and he also palmed away three goalbound efforts from open play.

Skipper James Corry put Garvey ahead and although Jerome Saeys levelled, defender Andy Edgar scored his first IHL goal from a brilliant counter-attack two minutes from half-time.

Garvey sealed the issue with Andy Williamson's penalty corner conversion four minutes from time.

Meanwhile Cookstown's chances of surviving in the IHL took a crushing blow when they went down 3-2 at home to Cork C of I - the Munster's team's only league win of the season to date.

Cork were three up before the Tyrone side staged a comeback but goals from Callum Anderson and Mark Crooks came too late.

They now only have a three-point cushion over Cork and lie level with YMCA but have the much tougher run-in with two games against Three Rock and one against Banbridge.

Garvey remain top after Saturday's 2-0 success at Monkstown where Andy Williamson put them ahead and James Lorimer wrapped it up late on from a penalty corner after the Dubliners pulled their goalkeeper in a desperate bid to equalise.

Banbridge are second after a 8-0 romp over Annadale, with four penalty corner conversions in the first half and four from open play in the second half.

Eugene Magee, Johnny McKee and Josh Moffett each bagged a brace with Alex Tinney and Zach McClelland also on the mark.

Yesterday: Irish Senior Cup semi-finals: Lisnagarvey 3 (J Corry, A Edgar, A Williamson) Glenanne 1 (J Saeys); Cork C of I 0 Three Rock Rovers 5 (L Madeley, M Darling, K Mullins, B Walker, D Walsh)

Saturday: EY Irish Hockey League: Banbridge 8 (J Moffett 2, E Magee 2, J McKee 2, A Tinney, Z McClelland) Annadale 0; Monkstown 0 Lisnagarvey 2 (A Williamson, J Lorimer); Cookstown 2 (M Crooks, C Anderson) Cork C of I 3 (J Jermyn, S Parker, T Chalumeau); Three Rock Rovers 8 (L Madeley 2, A Empey 2, H Morris, M English, J Mullins, D Walsh) Pembroke Wanderers 1 (H Spain); Glenanne 2 (C Jacobi 2) Dublin YMCA 1 (S Hyland)

Ulster Premier: South Antrim 2 (A Glass, J Moore) Instonians 3 (W Robinson 2, D Arneill)

Sussex Regiment Cup: Portadown 4 (S Johnston, M Winter, R Bennett, J Lutton) Newry Olympic 5 (K Fletcher 2, K McWilliams, D England, J Porter); Mossley 3 (J Robinson 2, R Wilson) Belfast Harlequins 1 (N Anderson); North Down 4 (J Gilmore, J Lyner, P Templeton, D Morris) Civil Service 4 (S Armstrong 2, J Thompson, D Wittington)

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