Lisnagarvey lose to Belgian giants in European Hockey League

Mark Raphael
Mark Raphael

Lisnagarvey's bid to become the first Ulster or Irish team to reach the last eight of the Euro Hockey League ended in defeat in Amsterdam on Friday.

The Irish champions lost 7-2 to Belgian giants KHC Dragons.

Mark Raphael scored two as Lisnagarvey went in 3-2 down at the break, the first after good work from Jonny Quigley on the left and the second when he deflected home a Jonathan Bell shot.

Loick Luypaert scored four goals for the semi-professional Belgian side.

Matthew Cobbaert and Jeffrey Thys also scored for the Dragons, with the other goal coming from a penalty corner from a Florent van Aubel deflection.

The Belgian side included former Irish international Stephen Butler in their ranks.

Lisnagarvey will now set their sights on the Irish Hockey League title, which starts after Easter.