Annadale produce battling display to beat Lisnagarvey

Drama in the Annadale goal as Lisnagarvey attack

Drama in the Annadale goal as Lisnagarvey attack

Captain James Cox scored an equaliser and penalty stroke to help his side to a famous Kirk Cup final victory against hot favourites Lisnagarvey at Hillsborough.

The home side looked dangerous on every attack and took the lead through Irish international Timmy Cockram.

However, Cox’s powerful dragflick six minutes from the end brought Annadale back and sent the game to extra-time and then strokes.

“It was an outstanding game, we battled and soaked up pressure just like the semi-final. We are probably not the better side overall but you have to keep yourself in it,” said Cox.

Annadale headed into the last ten minutes needing a goal against the team with the best defensive record in the Premier League, but Cox wasn’t worried.

He added,“No not really, we have always played well in Hillsborough and I feel we controlled parts of that game, especially in the second half.”

For the fans who braved the cold, there was no doubt about who the man of the match was - Annadale goalkeeper Jonny Moore or ‘Mo’ as he is known.

Cox continued; “Mo was outstanding, he has been all season but especially in this cup run.

“He made some huge saves at crucial times and that is what you need from your keeper.”

Annadale head coach, Andy Smyth said: “I think from our point of view we deserved to be in a position to take strokes, you can’t say you deserved to win it but we deserved to be in that position.

“Lisnagarvey were more clinical than we were but end to end the chances were there for both teams, corners, shots and deflections.”

The visitors certainly didn’t come to sit back, they pressed Lisnagarvey high up the pitch and forced mistakes.

Smyth: “I was just delighted with the way we played, it’s great for our boys. It’s good talking about it but you have to go out and do it.”

Annadale are regarded as a ‘young squad’ but Smyth says big boys are needed on days like today.

“There is no doubt we are young, yet ironically today Jonny Moore, Chris Campbell and Davy Robb were great. Yes you have a young squad but you need big players to perform too.

“We had a bad start to the league, last week was the start of our season and now we have to go do something about it.”




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