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Magee targets gold play-off and a half century of international goals

Eugene Magee is one goal away from scoring a half century of international goals for Ireland ... and there's no better time to reach the milestone than today when Ireland take on Wales in the World League 2 semi-final at Stormont (2.30pm).

The Banbridge star scored the bulk of those goals from midfield but this season he has been pushed up front and has been one of the stand-out players as the Irish edge closer to making it through to the final World Cup qualifier.

The reward for victory today is huge - it not only sets up the winners for the gold medal play-off tomorrow afternoon (4.45pm) but it also guarantees a place in the World League 3 series in July from which the top seven or eight from 10 nations will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Tokyo.

If the Green Machine were to lose, they still have the back-up of qualifying through finishing third, so there's a lot at stake in this clash of Celtic nations.

Magee, now with 243 caps to his name, has been leading the attack along with a relatively young strike force of Johnny McKee, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Duncan, Ben Walker and Jamie Wright.

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