Raphoe suffer defeat in Kirk Cup

Raphoe suffer defeat in Kirk Cup
Having been promoted last season, Raphoe began this year’s campaign at home to one of the most successful teams in Irish hockey.

Having been promoted last season, Raphoe began this year’s campaign at home to one of the most successful teams in Irish hockey.

Raphoe 1

Lisnagarvey 7

The home side began the game in a disciplined fashion by closing down the opposition and limiting the chances being created.

However, the break through came in the 20th minute finished by Timothy Cockram, a player with no fewer than 158 caps for Ireland. Raphoe continued to compete well for the remainder of the half before being caught on the break again, two minutes before the half time whistle.

The second half began much brighter for Raphoe as they enjoyed longer spells of possesion and took the game to their illustrious opponents. Following a patient build-up, the home supporters had something to cheer about when Gavin Lecky calmly finished at the back post to bring Raphoe right back into the game.

Ten minutes into the second half John Watt opened up the Lisnagarvey defence and his excellent pass to Gavin Lecky was cleared off the goal-line.

But then Lisnagarvey scored a scrappy goal and in the final 15 minutes the opposition with four current Irish internationals scored four more to put a shine on the scoreline that was harsh.

However, the Donegal men can take alot of positives out of the game and following another few of these early season games, their match fitness and organisation will hopefully lead to improved results.

Raphoe’s next game is at home to Belfast Harlequins this Saturday with a 2.30pm push back.