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High esteem: Timmy Cockram is recognised by former school
High esteem: Timmy Cockram is recognised by former school

By Graham Hamilton

The achievements of Lisnagarvey legend Timmy Cockram are to be recognised this evening when his former school, Wallace High, host a special game at their Clonevin Park base in Lisburn (7pm).

Timmy's goalscoring records at school, club, provincial and then international level are among the best in Ulster, earning him many domestic and national league and cup triumphs, and it also led to 192 Ireland caps and a trip to the 2016 Rio Olympics before he stepped down from the senior team last season.

The match will feature a Wallace 'Dream Team', which includes current internationals Sean Murray and Matthew Nelson - who also came through the school's ranks - while the opposition will be a Jonathan Bell select, which includes Olympian Bell and Banbridge's Eugene Magee.

There is no charge for entry to the game but all donations and the proceeds from a ballot and sales from the hot dog and drinks stalls will go to Timmy's chosen charity for the event, CLIC Sargent.

Meanwhile, McCullough Cup holders Sullivan Upper have been drawn in the group of death for next season's schools competition.

The Holywood school, who beat Friends after a shoot-out in last season's final, are in the same group with strong schools Banbridge Academy, Wallace High and Cookstown High, as well as Campbell College and Royal & Prior.

The other group sees Friends in with Methodist College, Grosvenor Grammar, Bangor Grammar, Regent House and RBAI.

Meanwhile, Ireland's women continued their World Cup build up with a 2-0 defeat to England at the tournament venue at the Lee Valley complex in London last night.

The disappointing result came on the back of what was an impressive 3-0 series win for Ireland over Scotland in Glasgow at the weekend.

However, England, ranked second in the world - 14 places higher than Ireland - were expected to provide much tougher opposition and so it proved.

England scored a goal in each half to emerge comfortable winners, although it was a creditable display from Graham Shaw's team.

The Ireland coach said: "We were a little disappointed that we didn't make more of the periods of pressure we had, but the trip is proving extremely useful as we are having a first-hand opportunity to experience the facilities which are superb, although the new pitch is a little sticky but it will bed in before the tournament I am sure."

Ireland play the World Cup hosts again today (12.30pm), before facing Canada in two internationals in Dublin next Monday and Tuesday.

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