Euro heroes Lisnagarvey back to Irish Cup action

Owen Magee of Banbridge
Owen Magee of Banbridge

AFTER their heroics last week at the European Hockey League, Lisnagarvey are back to the bread and butter stuff this weekend, when they begin this season’s Irish Senior Cup campaign.

And the games do not get any easier as they take on Dublin kingpins, Pembroke Wanderers in the second round at Hillsborough.

Pembroke are currently sitting at the top of the Leinster league, undefeated in eight outings and six points clear at the top.

However, it is surprising to note that not one Pembroke player has been named in the recently announced Irish squad, when in the past an Irish squad was dominated by Pembroke players….how times have changed.

It is expected that Garvey coach, Kyle Lunn will have an unchanged squad and has been putting his squad through light training sessions this week, in preparation for the game.

There will be a tremendous buzz at Garvey’s Hillsborough base on Saturday, as it will be the first time the Garvey faithful have seen their side since qualifying for the last sixteen in the EHL.

Pembroke are no strangers to Comber Road, as last season Garvey brought their IHL and ISC dream to an abrupt end, by knocking them out of both competitions.

So the Dublin side will be out to extract some revenge, but Garvey on their current form and with home advantage, my money is on the Blues for this one.

Apart from Owen Magee who is still injured, Banbridge coach, Mark Tumilty has a full strength squad to choose from against Fingal.

Bann have only lost one game in seven outings this season, unlike their opponents tomorrow, who have lost six of their last seven league games.