Hockey: Ireland retain Celtic crown
Ireland men's hockey side managed to secure the draw they needed to retain the Celtic Cup at Hillsborough yesterday.
The winners went into the closing match of the tournament averaging five goals a game, but Wales defended with spirit to staunch the score flow.
A nicely improvised shot from Stephen Dowds gave Ireland the lead midway through the second half to reward their constant pressure.
But Joseph Naughalty pummelled an equaliser past debutant goalkeeper Ian Hughes with a few minutes left.
And the Welsh went within a couple of inches of snatching an unlikely victory when Liam Brignull tipped a last-minute shot the wrong side of Hughes' left-hand post.
Second spot in the final table was filled by South Africa who won by the odd goal in 11 against Scotland in a free-scoring early encounter.
Ireland -- I Hughes, J Jackson, K Carroll, M Watt, E Magee, B McCandless, D Hobbs, J Bell, T Cockram, J Bruton, C Harte. Subs: D Carson, J Jermyn, P Brown, J Lynch, S Dowds.
Wales -- D Kettle, J Naughalty, L Prosser, A Cornick, M Whatling, R Gay, H Jones, N Rees, A Seimann, M Shaw, B Edge. Subs: I Williams, L Brignull, R McNaught Barrington, J Kyriakides, A Humphreys.
Umpires -- J Wright, F Lubrich.