Garvey hit Glenanne for seven as they march into semi-finals

Lisnagarvey's Daniel Buser gets his pass away despite the close attention of Glenanne's Alan Browne
Lisnagarvey's Daniel Buser gets his pass away despite the close attention of Glenanne's Alan Browne

Lisnagarvey blitzed their way into the semi-finals of the Irish Senior Cup, smashing seven goals past Leinster kingpins Glenanne.

However, Banbridge’s long wait for ISC glory goes on, as they went down 3-1 to holders Monkstown, who are favourites to retain the trophy.

The draw for the semis will be made today at Irish Hockey’s headquarters.

Garvey will be Ulster’s only representatives and will face one of the Leinster trio of Monkstown, Pembroke Wanderers or Railway Union.

Whilst Garvey, crushed Glenanne, for the first 35 minutes the visitors harried their hosts, not giving them any time on the ball and going into the turn Glenanne were still in the mix, as the teams were still locked out at 1-1.

Timmy Cockram gave Garvey a dream start slamming home a penalty corner in the 6th minute, only to see it deservedly cancelled out by Brian O’Malley four minutes from the interval.

But no one could have predicted the start to the second half, as Garvey came storming out of their blocks with two goals in the opening minutes from Cockram and Andy Williamson.

And when Mark Raphael made it 4-1 after 11 minutes of the second half, the result was only going one way.

Daniel Nelson produced a piece of magic, when he collected a pass from Cockram on the edge of the Glenanne circle, to spin on the ball and smash a reverse strike that nearly tore the roof off the net for the fifth goal.

With minutes remaining, Graham Shaw reduced the deficit for the visitors only to see it immediately cancelled out by Jason Lynch. And just before the final whistle, Cockram wrapped up his hat-trick slotting home his third penalty corner.

Speaking after the game Garvey skipper Jonny Bell said: “Games against Glenanne are always tough even though they have lost a couple of players, but we are just glad to come through it.

“We had a great start to the second half and came out with all guns blazing, this team is capable of scoring goals against very good teams and we have shown that we can take defences apart already this season.

“There was some sublime hockey there but there was also some ropey stuff but thankfully we kept that to a minimum.

“No matter who we get in the semi-finals it will be a tough game.”

Even after Stevie Dowds gave Banbridge the lead, they could not stop ISC holders Monkstown reaching the last four.