Kirk Cup Final Preview: Lisnagarvey vs Banbridge

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Current champions Lisnagarvey are hoping to retain the Kirk Cup as they take on Banbridge, as the two meet in the final for a third running.

With the spoils being shared in the previous two years there is little to separate the two sides, with a win for either giving them the bragging rights.

Currently separated by a sole point in the EYHL, both clubs occupy the top two spots, a familiar position for both, who together have been at the pinnacle of hockey for many years.

Going head-to-head for so long has seen a competitive rivalry form between the clubs and Lisnagarvey Captain James Corry believes his side can come out on top on Sunday.

“It’s been competitive between the sides for years and both sides are currently sitting at the top of the league as well.  To be honest they are probably favourites to go on and win it, but we have still competed with them and there is no reason why we can’t do a job on them and win on Sunday.”

Corry is expecting another close encounter this weekend. “It will be tight. He said.

There normally are more goals than the most recent game for example last year there was a 4-4 draw so I imagine there will be plenty this time. I reckon it will be one goal in it either way, that will be enough for either side to do it.

We won it last year so it would be nice to retain the cup. We know it’s going to be a difficult game, but we will give everything and do all we can to keep the trophy.”

Ahead of the match both sides will be doing all they can to get the upper hand of their opponent, however, the 32-year-old believes there is little to separate the clubs.

“We always have a lot of video of them but there is no doubt they will have done the same so I think it will just come down to the day and who can get the job done.”

The venue for this Sunday’s game is Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and is set to get underway with a 2:30pm push back.

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