Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cargo puts super Irish on right road

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Ireland gave a sizzling performance in the heat of Le Touquet in France yesterday to beat Scotland 3-1 in the opening match of the Celtic Cup.

Without a game since November, the Irish had every excuse for starting tentatively, but after Alan Sothern teed Chris Cargo up for the opener on 19 minutes, they looked in command.

Conor Harte added a second on the stroke of half-time from a corner. The Scots poached one back through Kenny Bane, but victory was sealed at another corner, converted with a flick by Timmy Cockram on 64 minutes.

Ireland -- I Walker, R Gormley, J Jackson, J Brennan, C Harte, P Gleghorne, G McCabe, D Ames, A McConnell, A Giles, C Cargo, E Magee, T Cockram, M Darling, A Sothern, P Maguire.

Ireland were unable to pick off a revenge victory over Australia as they fell 4-0 to the world No 5 side in Essen, Germany last night to begin their Four-Nations campaign on a low note.

The Hockeyroos scored twice in each half, despite the absence of Casey Eastham and Kate Hollywood.

In the day's other clash, hosts Germany were held to a shock draw by India. They led 3-1 in the second half with Lydia Haase bagging two goals but the Asian side struck twice late on to share the spoils.

Ireland now face tournament hosts Germany today (4.0, Irish time) in a match that will mark captain Eimear Cregan's 166th international outing, surpassing former Cork Harlequins' clubmate Rachael Kohler's previous mark.

Speaking about the achievement, she said: "I've been very lucky to get into the squad, selected by Riet Kuper, and to play in a World Cup and four European championships. I do still take one game at a time and every game as a bonus and never take being selected for granted. It's just another game, but I'm obviously honoured and delighted."

Cregan -- daughter of Limerick hurling legend Eamonn -- took up the game aged 12 and focused solely on the sport at the age of 18 after a number of years in her county's camogie set-up. She made her senior international debut against Wales in 2001.

THE Dublin and District Schoolboys League (DDSL) came from behind to win the SFAI Kennedy Cup for the seventh time in a row at the expense of South Dublin at Limerick University yesterday.

Craig Fitzgerald fired the underdogs ahead in the 17th minute and it took a great double save by Aaron Rochford to prevent Dylan McKeever from doubling that advantage nine minutes after the break.

DDSL captain Daniel Cleary headed home the equaliser soon afterwards and then Evan Shine redirected a Benjamin Green drive into the back of the net with 11 minutes remaining for the winner.

Irish Independent

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