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Eugene Magee tops 200 caps as Ireland battle for Rio Olympics spot

Hockey: Eugene Magee became the first Ulsterman to pull on the Irish jersey 200 times as Ireland stormed back from 3-1 down to snatch a 3-3 draw in Lille against France yesterday.

Craig Fulton's squad are preparing for the World League 3 tournament in Belgium next month when places at the Rio Olympics are up for grabs, but failed to win either friendly, having lost 1-0 in Saturday's opener at Le Touquet.

The squad, though, are building up towards the Antwerp series and were involved in a strenuous training camp throughout the weekend as well as taking in the two games.

The Irish took the lead yesterday from a Shane O'Donoghue penalty corner but France hit back with two goals from open play and a penalty corner conversion to threaten to spoil the occasion for Magee.

However, two late goals from Kyle Good earned a draw.

Jonny Bruton and Mitch Darling missed the trip due to the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy where Three Rock beat Vinnitsa (Ukraine) and Grange (Scotland) but lost to Stroitel (Belarus) and so play Atasport (Azerbaijan) for bronze today.

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