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Schoolboys kick off busy week with win


Glory hunt: Sean Murray is in search of a title hat-trick

Glory hunt: Sean Murray is in search of a title hat-trick

Glory hunt: Sean Murray is in search of a title hat-trick

It's turning out to be a busy spell for three Lisburn schoolboys as they chase glory in three different competitions this week.

Wallace High duo Sean Murray and Daniel Nelson and Friends School's Aaron Martin are all set to line out against each other for their schools in the second Burney Cup semi-final at Lisnagarvey this afternoon (3.30pm), in what promises to be a cracking derby.

But the trio are also part of Lisnagarvey's senior squad and last night the Blues edged within one win of the Ulster Premier League title when they beat Kilkeel at Hillsborough.

And on Saturday, the boys will be with Garvey down in Cork when the Blues take on Harlequins, needing a win to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Irish Hockey League semi-finals.

Garvey coach Errol Lutton has been so impressed with the schoolboys that he isn't afraid to throw them into big games.

And for Murray in particular, he's been getting plenty pitch-time as he becomes one of the play-makers in midfield in the absence of injured Mark Raphael.

But it was top scorer Timmy Cockram who did the damage last night against Kilkeel with a four-goal haul in the 8-3 win. That takes Timmy's season tally to 54, and with Daniel Buser getting two, Greg Thompson one and James Lorimer one, the Blues need just a single goal win over Raphoe to clinch the title.

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Meanwhile, Banbridge Academy are firm favourites to beat Regent House in the first of the back-to-back semi-finals this afternoon to keep alive their hopes of landing the premier schools' knock-out trophy for the fifth successive season.

Regent, coached by Annadale's David Robb, have never reached a Burney final before but they'll be giving it a real go against the holders.

The competition is being sponsored by Sinton's At The Bridge restaurant in Scarva this season and the final is set for Wednesday March 26 at Lisnagarvey.

BANBRIDGE ACADEMY: Justin Glass, Mark Campbell, Jake Rowe, Aaron Reid, David Armstrong, Sam Farson, Robbie Scott, Ben Knox, Matthew Hurst, Timmy Watt, Johnny McKee, David McCracken, Joshua Rowe, Clarke Neville, Andrew Ferguson, Andrew Adair

REGENT HOUSE: Frazer Carnduff, Sam Martin, Bryn Walker, Andrew Boyd, Kai Jenkins, Michael Orr, Adam Tate, Peter McKibben, Josh Gilmore, Rowan Poots, Jonny Linter, Neil Dickson, Toby Fynn, Nathan Grimshaw, Thomas Green, James Stewart

WALLACE HIGH: Fraser Rodgers, Thomas McRoberts, Mark McNellis, David Arneill, Ross Kelly, Josh Curragh, Sean Murray, Jack Wilson, Ryan Getty, Daniel Nelson, Mark Acheson, William Carey, Jordan Taggart, Jacob Hermon, Scott McCabe, Andrew O'Hare

FRIENDS: James Milliken, Martyn Bothwell, Matthew Sullivan, Patrick Cochrane, Thomas Matthewson, Adam Marshall, Aaron Martin, Jack Henderson, Ryan Donaldson, James Brown, Finn Harkin, Jamie Cochrane, Ryan West, Bruce Lawson, Andrew Hanley, Andrew Cameron

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