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Winning Ulster players dominate Irish U21 squad


On target: Owen Magee scored for Ulster Under-21s

On target: Owen Magee scored for Ulster Under-21s

On target: Owen Magee scored for Ulster Under-21s

Ulster will supply the bulk of the Irish U21 squad for the Four Nations internationals which start at Mossley tomorrow afternoon.

Coach Johnny Caren has chosen 12 Ulster players after watching their tremendous inter-provincial success at the weekend in Dublin, with Leinster supplying five and Munster just one.

It also proved a great weekend for Newry Olympic who clinched the Senior One title.

But Ulster coach Steven Cuddy was delighted as he watched his team beat Leinster 1-0 with Owen Magee scoring on the reverse stick, to add to the 4-2 success over Munster on Friday evening, which rendered yesterday's showdown between Leinster and Munster as nothing more than academic.

"It was great to be able to relax yesterday and to know that the job was done," said Cuddy.

"We were the more disciplined side over the weekend, had an enormous work-rate and the will to win."

Yesterday, Ulster completed their programme with a 5-0 success over the Irish U18s, with Johnny McKee scoring twice, and the icing on the cake came when Jamie Wright, Michael Robson, Sean Murray, Ben McMillan, Peter McKibbin, Johnny McKee, James Lorimer, Neal Glassy, Ben Cosgrove, Peter Brown, Matthew Bell and Matthew Allister were all named in the Irish U21 squad for the internationals against Scotland tomorrow (5pm), England on Wednesday (7pm) and Germany onThursday (7pm).

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Meanwhile, Newry landed the Senior One title by crushing nearst rivals North Down 4-0... and it was coach Robbie Taylor's son John who put them on the way with Robbie Irwin, Colin McKnight and an own goal wrapping things up

Civil Service – who looked down and out after that 17-0 humiliation against Lisnagarvey earlier in the season – are now three points above rivals Raphoe after Peter Johnston's late goal gave them a 3-2 success in Donegal.

U21 inter-provincials: Friday: Ulster 4 (M Bell 2, M Allister, J Wright) Munster 2 (S Wolfe, N Burns); Leinster 3 (R Canning, J Sutton, L Cole) Irish U18s 0. Saturday: Munster 1 (N Burns) Irish U18s 3 (S Murray, D Nelson, K O'Hare); Leinster 0 Ulster 1 (O Magee). Yesterday: Ulster 5 (J McKee 2, N Glassey, M Robson, J Cathcart) Irish U18s 0; Leinster 1 (S McKeever) Munster 2 (S Miller, J Dale)

Ulster Premier League: Raphoe 2 (S Goudie, J Watt) Civil Service 3 (D Bradley, S Armstrong, P Johnston)

Senior One: Newry 4 (J Taylor, R Irwin, C McKnight, Own goal) North Down 0

Irish Hockey Challenge quarter-finals: Portrush 5 Ballymena 1; Parkview 4 Armagh 5; Bray 3 Mullingar 1

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