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Raphoe book place in Irish Hockey Trophy semi-final.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Raphoe book place in Irish Hockey Trophy semi-final. thumbnailWinning Raphoe Team

RAPHOE travelled this weekend to Newry for the quarter-final in the Irish Hockey Trophy and came away with a 3-1 win to keep to keep their cup run alive.

NEWRY...1
RAPHOE...3

The two teams started well with Newry just edging the game with a few one on one chances.

Raphoe remained on level terms thanks to some fine keeping from Davy Moore. The first half was a tight contest with both teams not showing their cards too early as they both looked towards a semi final in this competition.

Raphoe had one chance in the first half with Stephen Cleverly's flick at goal that fell to Tommy Orr who shot just wide of the target. The half ended 0-0.

Newry started the second half quicker than Raphoe and won a short corner within the first 10 seconds.


Thankfully the Raphoe defence stayed strong, but they'd soon fall behind after the defence failed to cut out a shelled ball in from the Newry left hand side and Davy England slipped in behind Keith Meehan to tap in past Davy Moore.

Raphoe kept calm and kept playing some good hockey and it paid off when from a side line ball from Simon Goudie found its way to the back post to James Wilson who smashed the ball into the back of the net from two yards out.

Raphoe kept up the pressure and worked out a similar goal when John Watt found Stephen cleverly on the top of the D.


Cleverly gave a nice first time touch onto Keith Meehan who challenged with the keeper. Meehan's bravery paid off as the ball fell to Tommy Orr to simply tap into an open net.

Newry really started to pile on the pressure and pushed more men into attack, and only for a few goal line clearances from the defiant defence of Raphoe the hosts would have been right back in the game.


With Newry pushing more men forward Raphoe had three clear cut chances to put the game to bed, with Ian McGonigle missing with the goal at his mercy.

Thankfully Willie Kilpatrick stepped up and finished off the game with a fine finish from the right hand side of the D from another counter attack.

Raphoe wait now for results in other matches to see who they face in the semi final.

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