Harlequins keep Kirk Cup hopes alive

Lisnagarvey's Andy Forrest and Banbridge's Bruce McCandless
Lisnagarvey's Andy Forrest and Banbridge's Bruce McCandless

Belfast Harlequins’ chances of reaching a Kirk Cup semi spot are back on track, after they recorded a rare 4-2 win at Kilkeel.

The visitors romped into a 3-0 lead when Andrew Smythe slipped the ball in at the far post in the eighth minute. And six minutes later, Luke McClelland doubled Harlequins’ lead.

Kilkeel just couldn’t get a foothold on the game and in the 28th minute James Hutchinson cracked home a penalty corner, to give Harlequins a comfortable 3-0 lead going into the turn.

Kilkeel can never be counted out and seven minutes after the restart, William Annett reduced the deficit.

Any thoughts of a comeback were soon killed off when Hutchinson restored Harlequins’ three goal lead in the 58th minute.

With four minutes remaining, Johnny Aiken reduced the deficit for Kilkeel.

Mossley have booked a semi-final spot in the Kirk Cup, as they notched up their third win in a row defeating Raphoe 3-2 at Donegal.

But they had to come from behind after Matthew Lecky gave Raphoe the lead.

Two goals from David Glenny and one from Jordan Robinson had the visitors in a commanding lead and on their way to the semis.

Even when George Patterson pulled one back for Raphoe, it was just too much of a hill to climb for the homeside.

Antrim thumped 13 goals past Ballynahinch in the Linden Cup.

Queens also went on a goal scoring rampage, as they defeated Armagh 9-0.

Bangor also hit double digits as they defeated PSNI 11-0.