Thursday 26 April 2018

Hockey: Rovers chasing 'Garvey scalp

David Medcalf

Three Rock Rovers look to hang another Ulster scalp on their belt as they entertain Lisnagarvey at Grange Road on Saturday.

The Irish Senior Cup quarter-final pits the 'immovable' Rovers against the 'unstoppable' force that is 'Garvey.

The Dubliners beat the much-hyped Cookstown in the previous round thanks to goalie Stephen West's splendid clean sheet.

They failed to score themselves and wriggled happily into the last eight on the back of a penalty shoot-out.

In contrast, 'Garvey have been banging in goals for fun, averaging four per game in the always-competitive Ulster League.

The charge to the quarter-final has been led by Timmy Cockram, a senior international whose talent is no secret. He has been joined on the scoring spree by Greg Thompson, better known as a cricketer, but no slouch on the hockey pitch either.

The other south/north tie sees Monkstown and Kilkeel do battle in Rathdown, where both sides will be looking for cup glory to balance undistinguished league form.

Meanwhile, Banbridge play Annadale in an Ulster derby, while Glenanne meet Corinthians in an intriguing all-Dublin tussle.

The Glens had the upper hand in the league game between the pair, a match decided by the ability of the Tallaght men to convert what few chances came their way.

Corinthians, hungry for their maiden national title, enter the game desperate to maintain recent progress.

Player/coach Andrew Cronje has raised the performance level of the side, though Barry Glavey is a doubtful starter on this occasion.

Glenanne also have their injury worry, with in-form Richie Shaw struggling.

Irish Independent

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