Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Ulster duo on song as Irish see off Chile

Ulstermen Mark Gleghorne and Eugene Magee were on the mark as Ireland beat Chile 4-1 in a warm-up game in Santiago.

Dave Pasmore's lads are out in the South American country between now and December 23 as part of their build-up for February's Olympic Games Qualifier in New Zealand.

They are scheduled to fit in one more warm-up game before going into a Four Nations tournament involving the hosts, South Africa and Argentina, starting on Monday.

Chile are ranked one place beneath Ireland on the world ladder, so the early success is quite encouraging.

But the games against the South Africans and the Argentinians will be a better indication of whether they have a serious chance of making it to Beijing or not.

Passmore travelled without regulars Andy Barnour, Steven Butler, Graham Shaw and Jason Black, but was encouraged as his team struck four times without reply in the first 24 minutes.

Instonians' striker Mark Gleghorne opened the scoring from open play in the seventh minue and was on the mark with a similar goal eight minutes later.

Chile were having difficulty coping with the Irish style and Banbridge striker Eugene Magee struck in the 19th minute to effectively wrap up the game.

Cork's David Hobbs completed the rout with a fourth goal in the 24th minute, again from open play.

Meanwhile the Podium Anderson Cup swings into action this afternoon, with the big game involving Annadale and Lisnagarvey.

Banbridge and Kilkeel are in the same pool while Cookstown and Bangor are in the other pool with Instonians and Mossley.

Podium Anderson Cup Group A: Annadale v Lisnagarvey, UUJ, 2.30pm; Banbridge v Kilkeel, Havelock Park, 1pm.

Group B: Cookstown v Bangor, Cookstown HS, 2.30pm; Instonians v Mossley, Shaw's Bridge, 2.30pm.

Senior One: Civil Service v Antrim, Stormont, 2.30pm; Belfast Harlequins v Newry, Deramore, 2.30pm; Queen's v North Down, Upper Malone, 1pm; Cliftonville v Raphoe, CIYMS, 2.30pm; South Antrim v Ballynahinch, Laurelhill, 1pm.

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