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Injured Harte gets the green light to face the Aussies

By Staff Reporter

Published 30/06/2015

Men's Hockey International 4/7/2014 Ireland Ireland's Conor Harte
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Men's Hockey International 4/7/2014 Ireland Ireland's Conor Harte Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ireland central defender Conor Harte has been given the all-clear after appearing to dislocate his shoulder during his team's last-gasp 2-1 defeat against Belgium on Sunday.

Harte was sidelined for most of the game, but scans have revealed no damage and it looks like he'll be ready to face world champions Australia in tomorrow's World League 3 quarter-final 12pm), when places at the Rio Olympics are on offer.

It's a hard game for the Green Machine and one which they could have avoided but for a handful of controversial decisions that went the way of the host country, who finally won the game with just 25 seconds left on the clock.

Some of the video umpire decisions left many of the 5,000 crowd in Antwerp baffled as well as experts on the Sky Sports team, and likewise some of the decisions that saw Ireland have three sin-binned on yellow cards and two on green cards.

Nevertheless they dug in and showed that they can live with the best - Belgium are the World's No.4.

Yes, there was disappointment, but coach Fulton has no regrets about taking off his goalkeeper two minutes from time to allow an additional outfield player, even though it cost his team a commendable draw.

A draw wouldn't have been enough to have avoided the Aussies anyway, so he had to gamble and push for a win, but it backfired.

FIXTURES: (Tomorow): Quarter-finals: Ireland v Australia (12pm); Great Britain v Pakistan (2.30pm); India v Malaysia (5pm); Belgium v France (7.30pm). 9th-10th play-off: China v Poland (9.30am)

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