David Coates grabs winner for Belfast Harlequins against Raphoe

Newry defending against South Antrim
Newry defending against South Antrim

Late goals were the order of the day on Saturday as Belfast Harlequins joined South Antrim on that score after coming from 2-1 down to beat Raphoe 3-2 in an exciting Kirk Cup game at Deramore.

Luke McClelland put Quins in front but the Donegal side hit back to lead 2-1 at half time with goals from George Patterson and a penalty corner strike from Matthew Lecky.

However the hosts fought back to equalise with a well taken goal scored by Chris Lemon in the 55th minute.

With the game seemingly heading for a draw, David Coates popped up to net the winner from a set-piece with just nine minutes left on the clock.

“It was a good game and we maybe shaded it early on but they fought back well and deserved their half time lead.” said Quins goalkeeper Iain Kelly.

“It could have gone either way in the second half but, fortunately, David was able to put the corner away to win it for us.”

There were also plenty of goals at the Glade where Mossley inflcted a second straight defeat on North Down and, in the process, got their second victory in two starts with a 4-2 success.

Mossley’s goals came from Ross McIvor, who helped himself to a double, Andrew Sullivan and Jordan Robinson with Rowan Poots getting both for the Comber side.

Meanwhile, Banbridge warmed up for the new IHL campaign with a 6-1 win over Kirk Cup favourites Instonians, who weren’t in action in the competition on Saturday.

Irish Cup holders Bann face a short trip to Glasgow for their EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy campaign where they will play hosts Kelburne HC, HC Minsk (Belarus) and HC Rotweiss Wettingen (Switzerland).

Lisnagarvey, Annadale and Pembroke Wanderers will join Bann at a pre-season tournament next weekend as all the sides continue their build up for the IHL which gets under way on the weekend of September 18-20.