Monday 11 December 2017

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Tennis: Barry storms into last eight

The absence of Eugene Magee, pictured in action for Ireland against Woo Hyun Nam, Korea, continues to be a worry
The absence of Eugene Magee, pictured in action for Ireland against Woo Hyun Nam, Korea, continues to be a worry

SAM Barry powered his way to the quarter-finals of the FBD Men's Irish Open, dropping only four games in the process.

Expectations that the 21-year-old Limerick man would not be unduly troubled by Benjamin Lock were thoroughly vindicated, with the 20-year-old Zimbabwean bowing out on a 6-1 6-3 scoreline in the second round contest at Fitzwilliam LTC.

World No 598 Barry now faces France's Maxime Tchoutakian, a 6-2 6-1 winner yesterday over Britain 's Scott Duncan.

In an earlier match, unseeded Malahide man Colin O'Brien turned in a gutsy performance against Tom Farquharson, pushing the British No 3 seed to three sets before succumbing 6-0 4-6 6-2.

In the last singles contest of the day, Daniel Glancy joined Barry in the last eight, the Mayoman dashing the hopes of British challenger Alexander Jhun 6-2 6-4. Farquharson provides the next test for the No 8 seed.

Elsewhere, James McGee produced a five-star performance, dumping out the No 4 seed in the first round of the ATP Challenger Tour event in the US . Opting to miss this week's third-tier ITF Futures Irish Open in favour of the second-tier tournament in Kentucky, McGee edged the host country's Alex Kuznetsov on a 6-2 3-6 7-5 margin.

McGee now takes on Tennys Sandgren, a 7-5 6-2 who beat Austin Krajicek in the opening round.

Hockey

The Irish men's team face top-class opposition with an experimental midfield in Germany over the coming days.

The absence of veteran Eugene Magee continues to be a worry as the side count down to the European championships next month.

While he struggles with injury, much of the playmaking is likely to fall to Banbridge teenager Peter Brown. And Monkstown's Stephen Cole, also largely untried at this level, will also be asked to do his share in the middle of the pitch.

The Hamburg Masters event pitches Ireland against Germany tomorrow with Netherlands and England to follow at the weekend.

Sunday's game will be lent spice by the presence of former Annadale and Ireland defender Iain Lewers in the English squad.

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