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Garvey miss out on top flight as Glenanne flop in European series

Stephen Brownlow
Stephen Brownlow

By Graham Hamilton

Lisnagarvey won't be getting the chance to play in Europe's top tier next season, as Glenanne are having a disaster in the EuroHockey Trophy series being staged in Switzerland.

The Dubliners failed to get a single win from their three pool games and surprisingly find themselves facing Bohemian Prague this morning to avoid bottom place.

Joe Brennan's side seemed a reasonable bet to win the second tier competition, which would have earned promotion for Lisnagarvey next season, but it has been a bad end to the season for them, both at national and now European level.

Friday's 4-4 draw with Belarus side Stroitel Brest was followed by Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Rottweiss Wettingen during which their discipline let them down, with Stephen Brownlow, Richard Couse, Shannon Boucher and Gary Shaw all having six-minute spells in the sin-bin.

And yesterday's 3-2 defeat to minnows Casapia from Portugal left them bottom of their pool, and the ignominy of playing the Czechs this morning to avoid the wooden spoon.

Stephen Brownlow (2), Eddie O'Malley and Brad Venter scored their goals against Stroitel Brest; Shannon Boucher converted a penalty corner against Rottweiss Wettingen, and Cedric Jacobi and Stephen Brownlow were on the mark against Casapia.

Bohemian Prague, like Glenanne, had one draw and two defeats in their disappointing pool programme.

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