Lisnagarvey Irish Senior Cup dream is over for another season

Andy Forrest, Lisnagarvey and John Jermyn, Cork C of I
Andy Forrest, Lisnagarvey and John Jermyn, Cork C of I

Lisnagarvey 3 Cork Church of Ireland 4

Lisnagarvey’s Irish Senior Cup dream crashed and burned at Hillsborough as they went down 4-3 to Cork Church of Ireland.

This game was a bookies ‘banker’, as Garvey were odds on to reach the quarter-finals, but Cork had other ideas going two up inside the opening quarter and an upset looked on the cards.

Garvey opened with a flourish with Sean Murray and Timmy Cockram testing Billy Lynch in the Cork goal early on.

But in the 5th minute Moffet cut out a Garvey clearance and he drilled the ball into the net for the opener.

Eleven minutes later, Garvey were caught cold, this time Moffet deflecting a penalty corner home at the far post.

Garvey were stunned, this wasn’t in the script, but with 15 minutes remaining Jonny Quigley cut to the Cork by-line to pull the ball back to find Andy Forrest waiting and he duly hammered the ball home.

And with only two minutes of the half remaining Garvey were back in the hunt, this time Johnny Bell pouncing on a Cockram rebounded shot to slot in the equaliser.

Then disaster, with a minute left on the clock, the Garvey defence were caught napping and Philip Brownlow restored Cork’s lead.

Six minutes after the restart it was all Garvey and from their seventh penalty corner, Cockram slammed the ball into the net to level it.

It looked only a matter of time that Garvey would take the lead but they couldn’t convert chances to goals and when Andrew Gray took the ball off the line with three minutes remaining from Cockram, the game seemed destined for extra time.

But it wasn’t to be, with their only attack on the Garvey goal of the second half Cork won a penalty corner and up stepped John Jermyn to send the ball into the net and take Cork Church of Ireland into the quarter-finals.