MEN’S HOCKEY: Lisnagarvey hoping to enjoy good run in Irish Senior Cup

James Lorimer has recovered from a head injury for Lisnagarvey
James Lorimer has recovered from a head injury for Lisnagarvey

Erroll Lutton is hoping that his Lisnagarvey side can have a good run in the Irish Senior Cup which gets under way on Saturday.

And the Garvey supremo knows that his side cannot take anything for granted against visitors Civil Service, even as they have recorded double digit victories over their visitors for the last two seasons.

“It’s good to get back to playing hockey after the two week break for international hockey and the intervarsities, especially as it is the first round of the Irish Senior Cup,” he said.

“We have had a good start in the IHL but this is the cup and nothing can be taken for granted, so we will be preparing as hard as we do for any game. We certainly want to win and it would set us up for the following week when the IHL gets going again.

“It will be good to see a couple of our players back this week. James Lorimer has recovered from a head injury and Johnny Bell will hopefully get a full game after his injury.”

In a bizarre twist of fate, all the IHL teams were unbelieveably kept apart in the opening draw, so it will be interesting to see how the Premiership clubs fair against the ‘Big Boys’.

Holders Banbridge face a tricky encounter in Dublin against UCD, but Bann will be confident of progressing.

Annadale have a short trip to Belfast Harlequins, while Instonians must fancy themselves against Avoca. Kilkeel look favourites to despatch Cork Harlequins out of the cup.

Mossley could return north with a win over Rathgar but Newry should find Dublin side Glenanne too strong. North Down need to be at their best if they are going to see off YMCA. However, Railway Union must be favourites against Raphoe. Cookstown and South Antrim got byes.

The Irish Trophy also gets under way and in form Portadown look too strong for Bandon, whilst Antrim will do well against Fingal.