Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hockey: 'Garvey hoping to show their 'Jekyll' side in Tallaght clash with Glennane

David Medcalf

Lisnagarvey come to Dublin this weekend as leaders of their group in the Irish Hockey League (IHL).

But the side that takes on second placed Glenanne in Tallaght is a byword for inconsistency this season. The Hillsborough based outfit averaged over four goals a game in the Ulster league to top the scoring charts.

However, their bursts of brilliance were counter-balanced by lacklustre performances and they trailed in fifth in the table.

The Jekyll and Hyde team, which crashed abjectly out of the Irish Senior Cup to Three Rock Rovers, spanked Rovers 7-0 a week later in the IHL.

Coach Drew Campbell certainly has no lack of firepower at his disposal for Saturday's game against the Glens as they seek to add a fourth consecutive win to their record in the competition.

The forward division is headed by international striker Timmy Cockram, while Greg Thompson has also been highly prolific this term.

Jason Lynch, Mark Daniel and even full-back John Gray are all capable of finding the net too.

However, they may find the going heavy against a Glenanne side that is well rested after an extended Easter break. The Glens need a good result to keep third placed Cookstown at bay and a defence, built around the long reach of Joe Brennan, is unlikely to have too many cracks.

Meanwhile, the top two also meet in the other half of the draw as holders Pembroke Wanderers entertain Corinthians at Serpentine Avenue.

Pembroke may have been sharpened by their recent Easter foray in European competition, but their Dublin neighbours demand full respect. Corinthians are the only side to have beaten their weekend opponents in the Leinster league -- and for good measure, they did it twice.

Irish Independent

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