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In pictures: Hat-trick hero Chris Lemon fires Harlequins to emphatic Linden Cup success

 

Just champion: Harlequins celebrate after winning the Linden Cup
Just champion: Harlequins celebrate after winning the Linden Cup
Glory: Harlequins’ John Metcalfe is presented with the trophy by Terry Templeton, President of the Ulster Hockey Union
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Chris Lemon who scored a hat trick for Belfast Harlequins
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Chris Lemon who scored a hat trick for Belfast Harlequins
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Winners Belfast Harlequins
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Winners Belfast Harlequins
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Chris Lemon celebrates his hat trick with his daughter Darcie (3)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Harlequins Captain John Metcalfe
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Harlequins Captain John Metcalfe
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Andrew Cameron goal keeper for Harlequins
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Alex McKeown Harlequins and Matthew Vincent NICS
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Wednesday 1 January 2020 Linden Cup Final, Belfast Harlequins 45a Deramore Park, Belfast, Belfast Harlequins v NI Civil Service Michael Finlay for Harlequins

By John Flack

Chris Lemon's superb hat-trick helped Belfast Harlequins sweep to an emphatic 6-0 win over Civil Service in yesterday's Linden Cup final at Deramore.

The striker scored his treble in the second-half after earlier setting up one of the goals in the opening 35 minutes as Quins dominated the game from virtually start to finish.

The teams had drawn 3-3 in an earlier league match, but yesterday Service were no match for their Belfast rivals, who fully deserved their victory.

Harlequins will now turn their attention to getting back into the Premier League, having been relegated last season, their confidence boosted by the margin of yesterday's win against a side with the same ambition.

Lemon said: "We always knew from the league game that winning by three goals wasn't enough as they are so dangerous, especially at corners where Chris Barnes is such a threat.

"Even at half-time when we were three goals up, we were taking about keeping intensity up and not sitting back.

"Our strategy was to continue to attack them, and fortunately we managed to put the game to bed in the second-half."

Harlequins coach Peter Kelly paid tribute to Lemon for his goal scoring exploits and his entire squad for their performance.

He added: "It didn't feel comfortable from sidelines but the boys have been playing well all season and they did so again."

"Usually our third quarter lets us down but we were able to focus all through game with the same intensity. Chris doesn't have legs to get back as far as he used to these days, but he is still lethal up front and he scored three fantastic goals."

Quins captain John Metcalfe was delighted with his team's display.

"I don't know whether 6-0 was a true reflection of the game but we defended well when needed and scored some good goals, so that will give us confidence for rest of the year," he said.

It took Quins just nine minutes to open their account, Michael Patterson scoring from the first penalty corner of the game.

Nine minutes later, Stephen McGrath doubled the lead when he knocked in Lemon's clever pass with a first time shot.

In the 23rd minute, Patterson got his second with a carbon copy of his first and Barnes drove wide two minutes later from Service's opening penalty corner.

After the Service dangerman had a set-piece crash off the post in the 44th minute, Lemon got his first after good work by Neil Anderson four minutes later.

In the 56th minute, Lemon made it 5-0 after Matthew Gray had set him up brilliantly for a simple tap-in, and he saved the best to last, beating a defender and the keeper before firing home with three minutes left.

CIVIL SERVICE: Marc Bennett; Michael Trimble, Ryan Cowden, Thomas Priestly, Ross Anderson (capt.), Stephen Armstrong, Matthew Vincent, Andrew Hagan, Euan Patterson, Jamie Anderson, Chris Barnes; Subs: Jed McLelland, Richard McClintock, Conor Gilmer, Richard Shiels, Conor Morrison,

BELFAST HARLEQUINS: Andrew Cameron; John Metcalfe (capt.), Alex McKeown, Michael Patterson, David Frazer, Adam Tweed, Stephen McGrath, Jack Emery, Matthew Gray, Chris Lemon, Michael Finlay; Subs: Alistair Kenny, Neil Anderson, Aaron Murphy, Chris Gardner, Barra Patterson, Chris Callender, Iain Kelly.

Umpires: Luke Chapman, Richard McNabb.

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