Lisnagarvey on collision course with Monkstown
Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30
The top two in the EY Hockey League table will contest the final of the Irish Senior Cup after Lisnagarvey and Monkstown came through contrasting semi-finals.
Monkstown breezed into the showcase fixture with four unanswered goals in the opening half of their 6-2 demolition of arch rivals Glenanne in Tallaght.
Lisnagarvey, on the other hand, needed a late equaliser from Mattie Nelson to take their match against Three Rock Rovers into a penalty shoot-out, with the teams deadlocked at 3-3.
The winners then potted five from five from the spot against goalkeeper Jamie Carr, who had earlier saved a Timmy Cockram penalty, as Rovers took a 3-0 lead only to be eventually pegged back.
Meanwhile, 'Garvey's Johnny Bell is included in Ireland's 18-man squad for a couple of internationals against France on Monkstown's recently laid astroturf in Rathdown tomorrow and Wednesday.
Coach Craig Fulton has called up five of his overseas contingent for the games, led by the FIH's world number one goalkeeper David Harte, who is based in Holland.
Meanwhile, shoot-out specialists Ards torpedoed favourites Hermes out of the Women's Irish Senior Cup, with Chloe Brown to the fore.
Just as they did in the quarter-final against Railway Union, Ards battled back after conceding two goals in the opening quarter and Brown's equaliser was a stunning effort.
She then she completed her day's work with the decisive penalty in the shootout.
Cup holders Elks made easier work of dismissing UCD 4-2 at Jordanstown.