Bad weekend for Ulster clubs as only two remain in Irish Cup

Alan Mullan, Mossley and Jethro Eustice, Corinthians

Alan Mullan, Mossley and Jethro Eustice, Corinthians

The pendulum of power swung in favour of Southern teams, as six Ulster clubs crashed out of the Irish Senior Cup.

Lisnagarvey and Banbridge are the only Ulster clubs left and Bann will have to do it the hard way.

After two arduous trips to Cork, they have now been drawn against Monkstown in a repeat of last season’s IHL final, which they lost 4-2.

Garvey on the other hand have landed a plum home tie against Glenanne, who beat Kilkeel 4-1.

But Garvey had to do their homework before their game against UCD and it paid off, as they dominated the game from start to finish.

UCD had been tipped to go all the way in the ISC, but against a Garvey team in this form, they were second best.

Speaking after the game Garvey coach, Errol Lutton said: “The guys played very well for the 70 minutes and I thought we controlled most of the game. It was good to go to ahead when we had plenty of play, especially in the first half.

“They certainly played a lot better in the second half. UCD have been getting really good results this year and drew with Three Rock last week. They have some very good quality players in their side, but as far as the indiscipline you will have to put that to them.”

Lutton was referring to the six green cards UCD received for needless talking back to the umpires.

Garvey had a dream start when Timmy Cockram drilled home their first penalty corner after 15 minutes. Then with 14 minutes of the first half remaining, Jonny Quigley made it 2-0.

But even as UCD tried to get back into the game, they had no answer to a superb performance from Garvey Irish international, Jason Lynch, who controlled the midfield stamping his authority on the game.

However, with four minutes remaining, Jeremy Duncan put the game on a knife edge when he squirmed the ball past John Tormey in the Garvey goal. But it was too late for a UCD comeback.

Bann made the long trip to Cork where they comfortably cruised into the next round, with a 4-1 win over Church of Ireland.

Goals from Colin Dowds, Stephen Dowds, Josh Moffat and Bruce McCandless secured the Bann win, with Cork scoring late on.

Cookstown went down 7-3 to Pembroke while Mossley lost 5-0 to Corinthians.

Leinster league leaders Three Rock Rovers beat Belfast Harlequins 7-0. Civil Service travelled to Dublin where they lost Fingal.




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