Thursday 14 November 2019

In brief: Glenanne almost cause an upset

Pembroke Wanderers took a pasting but Glenanne emerged with pride as the Irish interest in the EuroHockey League came to an end yesterday in Bloemendaal.

Satisfaction in reaching the last 16 of the elite event soured for Pembroke as they conceded 11 goals to Spanish cup winners Club de Campo.

The Dubliners were three adrift by the end of the first a quarter and were six behind at the interval, before leaking five in the second half.

In contrast, Glenanne appeared well capable of causing an upset against 2008 league finalists HGC of The Hague, despite going behind to an early strike from Conor Grimes.

With keeper Stephen Doran playing well behind a defence in which Joe Brennan was outstanding, Glenanne never looked outclassed. However, Rodrigo Vila nicked the ball from Brennan a couple of minutes from the end to score and secure victory.

Elsewhere Railway Union, playing host for the first time to a European Women's tournament, got a well-earned 2-2 draw at Park Avenue yesterday against Ukraine side MSC Sumchanka.

The visitors took an eighth-minute lead through Olena Derkach, which they held for the rest of the half. However, three minutes after the break the score was level when Alex Speers smartly tucked away a pass from Jean McDonnell.

The closing two minutes was full of drama when against the run of play Railway's defence were caught napping for Bohdana Sadova to score. But Union worked hard and won their fifth short corner into added time, which saw Sinead Walsh equalise.

RISING star Sinead Lohan has been called up to the Ireland women's team for next month's Fed Cup campaign in Egypt.

The 16-year-old from Tramore has been knocking on the door for selection for the Europe-Africa Zone Group Three outdoor clay-court event in Cairo on May 2-7.

The inclusion of Lohan is the only change on the team from last year's Fed Cup event in Malta -- Cork's Niamh Coveney being the player to drop out. Lohan will be joined by Julia Moriarty, Greystone's Amy Bowtell and Lynsey McCullough of Antrim.

Wouter Hahn of the Ruiter Dakkapellen team won the first stage of the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan four day international yesterday -- which started and finished in Killorglin after 105km.

The Dutchman crossed the line in 2:08:53, 11 seconds ahead of one of the race favourites in Sportactive's Paudi O'Brien from Kanturk. Luuk Goede of Holland, and racing with West Frisia, was another second back.

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