Sunday 21 January 2018

Hockey: Reds' Doherty blow

David Medcalf HOCKEY

Underperforming Corinthians take on non-performing Fingal in the men's Leinster League Division 1 tomorrow.

Two teams who started the season with top-five ambitions find themselves slugging it out in the basement looking to revive flagging fortunes.

Corinthians bring a burden of resentment into the fixture after the Leinster authorities refused to allow them play Brian Doherty, now on the books of Belgian club Braxgata, who are currently on their winter break.

The Reds were aware that German-based Tim Lewis had resumed his place in the Pembroke squad, but have been told this was permitted because of the Bundesliga's lengthy four-month winter stop.

Without Doherty and sharp-shooting South African Darren Kimfley, Corinthians have failed to repeat the form that made them contenders for national honours last season.

Fingal coach John McInerney, who has been plagued by a string of injuries, is pinning his hopes on the return of Tom Manning and the growing confidence of youngsters such as Shane Dempsey, Luke Hayden and Mark Ryan.

Elsewhere, YMCA will be testing their new-found league leading prosperity against Monkstown, while contenders Glenanne will take nothing for granted against Railway Union at Park Avenue.

Irish Independent

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