Saturday 24 March 2018

In brief: O'Callaghan fit to face Galway


IT'S 'Replay Sunday' this weekend in the championships as Cork face Galway in a repeat of the All-Ireland semi-final, while Clare and Galway meet again in the minor final.

Both ties take place at Semple Stadium, Thurles, while Cavan and Monaghan also replay in the Gala Junior 'B' final at Donaghmore Ashbourne.

Little separated All-Ireland champions Cork and Galway in a thrilling encounter at a packed Nowlan Park last Saturday.

On the injury front, Galway have minor concerns with Caroline Murray and Tara Rutledge both picking up ankle knocks, while wing-forward Brenda Hanney is suffering from a dead leg. Cork's Joanne O'Callaghan picked up a leg injury but it is expected that she will be fit to play.


Alan Sothern's late penalty corner helped salvage a well-deserved 3-3 draw for Ireland in the first of the four-match hockey series against highly rated Malaysia in UCD last night.

Irish captain Ronan Gormley had latched on to a glorious pass from Joe Brennan to win the penalty corner that broke the deadlock on 20 minutes -- Bruce McCandless scoring from close range after 'keeper Subramaniam Kumar saved Alan Giles' initial effort.

The lead lasted barely five minutes, however, as Muhammad Marjan's goalmouth delivery was deflected past Iain Walker by Hanfi Hafifihafiz.

Ireland regained the lead on 45 minutes, when Sothern deceived Kumar by going low from a corner, and this time it took rather longer for the Asians to level -- Syafiq producing some magical stick work that left Walker bamboozled on 63 minutes.

The 'keeper did much better as he twice denied Nabil Fazri in the closing stages but the home defence was again undone by Syafiq on 67 minutes.

However, Ireland were thrown a lifeline in the form of a last-minute penalty corner, from which Sothern once more obliged to the delight of home support.


Donegal middle-distance runner, 17-year-old Mark English has qualified for the final of the 1,000m at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, finishing fourth in his heat.

His time of 2.25.39 was the sixth fastest overall and he will now contest the final on Sunday.

The only other Irish athlete in action, Kate Veale of Waterford, will compete in the 5km walk on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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