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Delight: Errol Lutton is happy with progress of his teenage prospects
Delight: Errol Lutton is happy with progress of his teenage prospects

By Graham Hamilton

Lisnagarvey coach Errol Lutton is reaping the reward of throwing in a handful of teenage prospects, after losing numerous senior players over the summer.

And, as if to prove the point, schoolboy Troy Chambers came of age in Saturday's Kirk Cup Pool B game against Newry Olympic at Hillsborough when he knocked in five goals in the 8-1 success that keeps them in the frame for Sunday's semi-finals at Shaw's Bridge.

The Wallace High student has already made an impact in helping Ulster U18s to the inter-provincial title in September and also impressed for Ireland's U16s over the summer, but now he is growing in confidence at senior level under Lutton's careful eye.

His predatory instincts in the circle left Newry reeling, and now Garvey's attention turns to tomorrow evening when they take on Instonians at Shaw's Bridge in their final pool game which will decide who faces Banbridge in Sunday's opening semi-final at the same venue (1.30pm).

Timmy Cockram (2) and Oliver Kidd were also on the mark against Newry whose consolation goal came from Keith McWilliams.

Already through to the second Kirk semi-final (3.30pm) are Cookstown and they await their opponents, with Annadale favourites to beat Belfast Harlequins on Wednesday evening to qualify from Pool D.

Cookstown, though, were left red-faced after losing 3-2 at home to Pembroke Wanders on Saturday in the EY Irish Hockey League, having missed a penalty stroke and taken a two-goal lead.

The game was there for the taking despite Keith Black's miss from the penalty spot, after Michael Kerr and Greg Allen gave them an early cushion, but they contrived to concede three sloppy goals and leave them too close for comfort to the relegation zone.

Annadale's inability to stop Glenanne's penalty corner routine cost them in Dublin where they went down to set-piece strikes from Shannon Boucher (2) and Cedric Jakobi.

With Kilkeel winning 3-1 at Portadown on Thursday evening, Mossley and Bangor kept the pressure on the champions with notable wins in Saturday's Ulster Premier League programme.

Mossley ended the Instonians unbeaten league record when Aaron Boyd and Jordan Robinson scored in a 2-1 success while Michael McCombe and Joel Easlea did the business for Bangor in their 2-0 win at Queen's.

Antrim's 2-1 defeat against Raphoe leaves them bottom, especially with Belfast Harlequins chalking up their first win against South Antrim (2-1), while in the Irish Hockey Challenge, Ballynahinch squeezed through 3-2 at Mullingar.

Finally, former Banbridge defender Matthew Bell was on the mark for Ireland in their 4-1 defeat at World No.3 Belgium as they continue their warm-up for the World Cup finals which start in just over a fortnight's time in India.

International: Belgium 4 (F Denayer 2, A Hendrickx, F van Aubel) Ireland 1 (M Bell)

EY Irish Hockey League: Cookstown 2 (M Kerr, G Allen) Pembroke Wanderers 3 (S Sweetnam, G Chambers, C Murphy); Glenanne 3 (S Boucher 2, C Jakobi) Annadale 1 (R Burgess)

Ulster Premier League: Mossley 2 (A Boyd, J Robinson) Instonians 1 (D Ward); Queen's 0 Bangor 2 (M McCombe, J Easlea); Antrim 1 (D Wilson) Raphoe 2 (J Wilson, T Orr); Belfast Harlequins 2 (S McGrath, M Patterson) South Antrim 1 (J Brown); North Down 3 (J Gilmore, G McKeown, J Linter) Civil Service 1 (M Johnston); Portadown 1 (R Bennett) Kilkeel 3 (L Russell, A Graham, J Aiken)

Kirk Cup: Lisnagarvey 8 (T Chambers 5, T Cockram 2, O Kidd) Newry 1 (K McWilliams)

Irish Hockey Challenge: Mullingar 2 Ballynahinch 3 (A Brown, A McIlwaine, J Campbell)

Linden Cup: Parkview 1 PSNI 8; CI 0 Ballymena 2; Down 5 Armagh 1.

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