Ir­ish mile­stones for Gleghorne and O’Donoghue

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BY GRA­HAM HAMIL­TON

IT’S go­ing to be a big day for Paul Gleghorne and Shane O’Donoghue as both reach ma­jor mile­stones when Ire­land take on World No.5 Ger­many in Dublin on Fri­day.

Lis­na­gar­vey de­fender Gleghorne will join the exclusive 200 club when he lines out against the Ger­mans at Pem­broke’s Ser­pen­tine Avenue ground in Dublin (7pm) while Gle­nanne mid­fielder O’Donoghue will win his 150th cap in the same game.

The Green Ma­chine are play­ing the Rio Olympic bronze medal­lists twice over the week­end as they con­tinue prepa­ra­tions for the World Cup fi­nals in In­dia later in the year.

The sec­ond game will also be at Pem­broke, on Satur­day af­ter­noon (5pm).

Coach Craig Fulton has named a strong squad, with Ul­ster sup­ply­ing nine of the 20, al­most half.

Back into the frame are ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like Ul­ster­man John Jack­son and Le­in­ster duo David Fitzger­ald and Mitch Dar­ling, although goal­keeper David Harte is un­avail­able, as is the most-capped player, Ban­bridge’s Eu­gene Magee.

Eu­gene’s younger brother Owen gets a call-up, though, but also miss­ing are Lis­na­gar­vey duo Sean Mur­ray and Neal Glassey and Ban­bridge’s Johnny McKee.

Lis­na­gar­vey de­fender Jonathan Bell cap­tains the side while Ul­ster col­league Chris Cargo is vice-cap­tain and they will be do­ing their ut­most to con­jure up a win to com­plete Gleghorne and O’Donoghue’s big day.

Mean­while, the do­mes­tic sea­son ends to­mor­row evening when Kil­keel and In­sto­ni­ans meet in the An­der­son Cup fi­nal at Queen’s Up­per Malone ground (8pm).

But the Mourne side will be miss­ing their joint top scorer David Rae, who flies out the next morn­ing with the Ir­ish Un­der-21 squad for a six-game se­ries in New York.

Nev­er­the­less, the Ul­ster Premier League cham­pi­ons have suf­fi­cient other fire­power to cause ri­vals In­sto­ni­ans some con­cern.

It has been 23 years since Inst last won the tro­phy, some­thing they aim to put right as they bid to end the sea­son with some sil­ver­ware.

Kil­keel, though, were beaten fi­nal­ists last year and also won it the year be­fore.

And they want to end a mem­o­rable sea­son on a high note by com­plet­ing a tre­ble, hav­ing al­ready bagged the league ti­tle and the Kirk Cup.

Cap that: Paul Gleghorne

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