Magee rescues point for irish
HOCKEY: A last-ditch equaliser from Eugene Magee salvaged a point for Ireland at the Champions Challenge hockey tournament in Lille yesterday afternoon.
Hosts France held a 2-1 lead up to the final hooter but Banbridge man Magee, who plays his club hockey in Belgium these days, scrambled home the leveller at a penalty corner.
The Irish made the brighter start to the game and Gareth Watkins dived in to put a brave and brilliant touch on an Alan Giles cross for the opener.
However, the French replied on the double before half-time, with Matieu Catonnet tucking a brace of goals past goalkeeper David Harte.
Les Bleus defended their advantage with determination and occasional panache on the break until Magee eventually rescued the point for Ireland.
Ireland had got off to a winning start on Saturday when they defeated Scotland 3-2, with Giles, Geoff McCabe and Conor Harte on target.
The result against France leaves the two sides level on points at the top of Pool B, with the Irish due to play Russia tomorrow (2.0 Irish time) while France meet pointless Scotland.