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England keeps Newry’s Irish trophy dream on course

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

NEWRY'S ambition of winning an All-Ireland title remain on course after a tremendous victory over Dublin's Avoca on Saturday, writes Jeremy Greer.
Newry hosted Avoca in their quarter-final tie of the Irish Hockey Trophy after wrapping up the league title a few weeks previous. Avoca were somewhat of an unknown entity but their league form gave Newry a slight insight into their quality in what the home side knew was going to be a hard game. Newry dominated possession but could not find a break through in the early exchanges as Avoca's young side were dogged in defence and closing the ball down.
The Leinster side went one ahead with a great drag flick from a short corner with their first chance in the game, showing Newry how to be clinical when the chances arise. Newry continued to press forward but were wasteful particularly from short corners as they missed chance after chance. At half time the visitors were still ahead but Newry knew they had to remain patient and the breakthrough would come. Again Newry dominated possession, restricting Avoca to a few counter attacks as they pressed to get back into the game. Again the home side wasted a few good opportunities, most notable Richard Nummy who had his goal bound shot cleared off the line after rounding the keeper.
A short corner provided Newry with the chance to get back on equal terms as David England fired the ball home after the initial shot had been saved. Newry really stepped it up and within a matter of minutes they were in the lead as great build up play down the left side saw David England adjust himself well to rock the ball high into the net from a Richard Nummy pass.
With 10 minutes remaining Newry were content in keeping the ball as the Avoca side started to tire after their hard chasing all game. The game ended 2-1 and Newry are now in the pot for the semi-final draw as they chase their third trophy of the season.
NEWRY OLYMPIC: R Hanlon, J Greer, N Mcknight, D England, N Davenport, C McKnight, J Taylor, A Gilmer, R Irwin, K McCome, R Nummy, D Andrews, C Henning, J Glass and A Foster.

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