Garvey pay the penalty in Annadale fight-back

Lisnagarvey’s euphoria following their outstanding win over Banbridge on Saturday quickly turned to disappointment as they lost in the Kirk Cup Final to Annadale on flicks at Comber Road on Boxing Day.

Garvey were only five minutes away from regaining the cup but their stubborn opponents equalised and won the penalty shoot-out 5-3.

Garvey began smartly with a shot from James Lorimer that was saved by man of the match, Johnny Moore in the Annadale goal.

Soon after, Garvey struck first. A great run by Jason Lynch on the right and a superb cross gave Timmy Cockram two chances to score. Moore saved the first but Cockram made no mistake with the rebound.

Cockram was proving to be a real threat for Annadale and the striker gained Garvey’s first penalty corner in the 19th but his low drag flick was saved by the brilliant Moore.

In the closing two minutes of the half, James Dowling had two half chances to extend Garvey’s lead but at the interval, the score remained at 1-0.

Two more superb saves by Johnny Moore from Cockram and Daniel Nelson further frustrated Garvey as they strove for the killer second goal.

Annadale, very young, fit and resilient, forced their third penalty corner in the 64th minute but Tormey saved well from James Cox.

However, another set piece a minute later brought Annadale the deserved equaliser via a low drag-flick from Cox and suddenly the Kirk Cup was completely was up for grabs.

Jason Lynch had a chance in the 68th minute and Mark Raphael and Timmy Cockram created a fine move but when a winning goal looked certain, they failed to convert the chance and the game ended with the score at 1-1.

The 10 minutes of added time created nothing to decide the game and a series of penalty strokes began to solve the stalemate.

Disappointingly, Garvey missed two of their strokes, skipper, Jonny Bell and James Lorimer both had their efforts saved by Moore and the successful flicks of Timmy Cockram, Steven Arbuthnot and Jason Lynch were not enough as Anndale slotted all of their five strokes to seal the Kirk Cup.

Garvey have no game this weekend. Their originally scheduled away match at Raphoe is postponed due to another Irish training session.