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Lisnagarvey fight back to dump out Bann and preserve perfect record

 

James Lorimer
James Lorimer

By John Flack

Lisnagarvey staged a memorable comeback at Havelock Park to defeat Banbridge 3-2 and book their place in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals.

Having averaged more than 10 goals a game in their six previous outings, this was by far the Hillsborough side's toughest test to date.

Their 100% record had looked in danger when early goals from Owen Magee and Josh Moffett seemed to have put Bann in the driving seat.

But James Lorimer began the revival with a penalty corner strike and Andy Williamson levelled matters in similar fashion before half-time.

Ben Nelson hammered in the winner with just four minutes left and Garvey survived two late set-pieces to progress.

Cookstown joined Garvey in the last-eight following an impressive 3-1 win over Railway Union at Steelweld Park.

Cookstown's Ryan Millar said: "We came out of the blocks quickly and put a lot of what we've been working on at training into practice.

"Railway gave us a really good game, but we were disciplined, we knew what we were doing and it paid off with a very good win.

Paul Watt broke the deadlock shortly before half-time and Callum Anderson continued his prolific form with No.2 early in the second half.

Stuart Smyth settled the contest with a trademark penalty conversion in the final quarter before Michael Fulham's late consolation.

Any hopes that Ulster would have a third representative in the quarter-finals were dashed when Mossley were forced to pull out of their tie with Cork C of I at the Munster venue due to a player shortage.

In the Kirk Cup, meanwhile, Annadale made it two wins out of two when they defeated Raphoe 4-1 at Strathearn.

However, they were made to work hard for their victory over the Donegal side, who went ahead in the first half through Gavin Leckey.

The Dale turned on the style after the break as David Tremlett and skipper Ryan Burgess both hit a double to fire their team to the top of Pool A.

Annadale remain favourites to make it into the semi-finals, with top-flight rivals Garvey and Bann along with Premier League Cookstown already through to the last-four.

Results: Olympic qualifiers: First leg (Vancouver): Canada 3 Ireland 5 (C Cargo, S Murray 2,S O'Donoghue 2). Irish Senior Cup second round: Banbridge 2 (O Magee, J Moffett) Lisnagarvey 3 (J Lorimer, A Williamson, B Nelson); Bray 0 Monkstown 7 (R Nichols 2, A Sykes 2, S John, M Gibbons, R Quirke); Clontarf 3 (J Mullins 2, J Sheahan) UCD 3 (A Meates, G Beirnaert, G Sarratt) (UCD win shoot-out 7-6); Cookstown 3 (P Watt, C Anderson, S Smyth) Railway Union 1 (M Fulham); Glenanne 6 (S Ronan 2, B Venter, S Brownlow, G Gibney, S Boucher) Cork Harlequins 1 (J Whyte); Pembroke 7 (A Sothern 4, J Ryan 2, J Lyner) Avoca 4 (R Couse 2, R Nolan, C Funge); Three Rock Rovers 3 (R Canning, J Hosking, J Walker) YMCA 0; Cork C of I w/o Mossley scr. Kirk Cup Pool A: Annadale 4 (D Tremlett 2, R Burgess 2) Raphoe 1 (G Leckey). Intermediate League: Ballymena 0 PSNI 4; Belfast Harlequins 11 Armagh 1; CI 8 Saintfield 1; Down 4 Parkview 1; Civil Service 3 Antrim 3.

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