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Murray makes his mark as he chalks up first international goal

By Graham Hamilton

Two Lisnagarvey players had reason to celebrate yesterday even though Ireland completed their five-day training camp near Barcelona with a 2-1 defeat against World No. 9 Spain.

Sean Murray scored his first international goal as he bids to establish himself in the training squad ahead of the World League 2 tournament in Belfast in March.

And at the other end of the spectrum team-mate Jonathan Bell won his 100th cap with another sound display at the heart of the defence.

It was a close run game, with the young Irish team - there were four teenagers in their ranks - putting up a much better performance than the 4-0 defeat on Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Watt set up Murray for the opening goal in the 23rd minute but the Spanish hit back through Josep Romeu from a penalty corner and a late winner from Alejandro de Frutos from a swift breakaway.

Meanwhile, the second McCullough Cup semi-final will go ahead this afternoon when Royal & Prior host Wallace High at the Raphoe venue in Donegal (2.30pm).

The winners face Banbridge Academy in the decider at Lisnagarvey on Wednesday (2pm).

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