Friday 18 October 2019

Olympics concern for Ireland as Magee limps out

'Magee - who is closing in on 300 caps for Ireland - is ruled out of this week's series with France and faces a race against time for the qualifiers in West Vancouver on October 26 and 27' (stock photo)
'Magee - who is closing in on 300 caps for Ireland - is ruled out of this week's series with France and faces a race against time for the qualifiers in West Vancouver on October 26 and 27' (stock photo)

Stephen Findlater

Eugene Magee has emerged as an injury doubt for the Irish men's Olympic qualifiers after he picked up a hamstring injury during Banbridge's 5-2 defeat to Three Rock Rovers in the EY League.

Magee - who is closing in on 300 caps for Ireland - is ruled out of this week's series with France and faces a race against time for the qualifiers in West Vancouver on October 26 and 27.

It compounded a tough day for Banbridge who were well beaten by a Rovers side who bounced back from their shock defeat to UCD.

They trailed twice in the opening quarter but a double from Ben Walker helped build a 3-2 half-time lead with strikes from Jody Hosking and Sam Grace helping them to pull clear.

Both UCD and Lisnagarvey have perfect records to date, the former defeated YMCA 6-4 while Garvey hammered Annadale 10-1. In total, there were 37 goals in five games over the weekend with Pembroke back on form after beating Glenanne 6-1 while Corinthian and Monkstown drew 1-1.

In the women's Irish Senior Cup, reigning champions Cork Harlequins bowed out in the first round when going down 5-1 to Pembroke as they continue to struggle with a major squad overhaul.

Meanwhile, UCD produced an incredible last 20 minutes to turn a two-goal deficit into a 7-4 win over Catholic Institute at Rosbrien. Naomi Carroll returned to Institute after a 14-month injury and got on the scoresheet. Christine O'Shea's corner goal had the Limerick side in great shape before Hannah McLoughlin's hat-trick set up an excellent fightback.

Old Alex were the other side to advance from the preliminary round, beating Glenanne 6-2 in Niall Denham's first game in charge of the Milltown outfit.

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