Hockey : The Ivan Sloan Cup Match

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The Wallace High School boys’ hockey teams have enjoyed a busy start to the season with many games played, both friendly and competitive fixtures.

The 1st X1 retained the Ivan Sloan Cup against a South Antrim under 18 squad who displayed a very positive and enthusiastic approach to the match. Matthew Murphy and Conor Kelly scored the goals in the 2 – 0 victory on what again proved to be a fitting tribute to Ivan Sloan, who gave so much to both Wallace and South Antrim hockey over the years.

Last Saturday the 1sts played their first McCullough Cup group game against a young and talented Sullivan Upper side at Comber Leisure Centre. They returned with a hard fought but ultimately deserved 2 – 1 victory after an extremely committed performance. Co captain Michael Keery and Conor Kelly again were the goal scorers, whilst Chris Rowland and Year 11 pupil Ross Kelly deserve mentions for their excellent performances. Seb Buser also played a massive part in the victory with a spectacular take off the line from a Sullivan penalty corner.

Also at Comber Leisure Centre, the under 15s put on a tremendous performance, sweeping their Sullivan counterparts aside with a free flowing display of attacking hockey. The 5 – 0 scoreline was not totally reflective of the match itself as the Sullivan keeper was by far their busiest and best player. For the record the goal scorers were the impressive Josh Curragh (2), Aaron Dumican (2) and Ross Kelly, whilst Daniel Nelson and Jack Wilson were constant midfield driving forces.

There were three matches played at Lisnagarvey. The 2nd X1 gained their first win of the year defeating Sullivan 2 – 0, Matthew Wilson and Ryan Riddell the scorers. This sets the 2s up for their next Prior Shield game this Saturday against RBAI whom they must defeat to have any chance of progressing form the group stages.

The under 14s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a fine 4 – 1 victory. Captain Sean Murray stole the show with two goals and was ably assisted by Alex Nye and Callum McCandless who also got on the scoresheet. The only defeat was for the under 13s who lost 0 – 3 to a highly skillful Sullivan team. This was their first defeat of the season after two excellent wins against Campbell and BRA.

This Saturday sees all teams travelling to RBAI. The 1st X1, under 15 and 13 squads are at Shaws Bridge, whilst the 2nd X1 and under 14s are at The Dub. The action at both venues starts at 9am and all support is as always very welcome.

Last modified: September 21, 2010