Back in the day: The Irish News July 17 1997: Celtic's miserable run continues with wooden spoon in Irish International Tournament

HIGH EXPECTATIONS ....Kerry will look to Maurice Fitzgerald for scoring power in the Munster Senior Football Final against Clare on Sunday 

CELTIC’S miserable run in the Irish International Tournament was complete last night after being beaten on penalties by Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven at Lansdowne Road.

After being embarrassed by part-timers Derry City on Tuesday night, things got even worse for the Scottish club yesterday, 90 minutes ending 2-1 before finishing in last place after losing the spot kicks 5-3.

Youngster John Paul McBride was the unlucky player to have his shot saved by Waterreus after Simon Donnelly, De Canio and Stuart Gray were on target for the Celts.

Jonk, Cocu, Stinga, Jensen and Zenden scored for PSV.

The 90 minutes had ended at two goals apiece, with two first half goals from Weighorst and McKay and a double strike from brilliant Belgian Gilles De Bilde.

Celtic had led 2-1 at the break with De Bilde getting the equaliser for PSV in the 53rd minute with a superb individual effort, twisting and turning the Celtic defence before sliding a low shot past Marshall.


IN an unexpected move by Cavan boss Martin McHugh, corner-forward Michael Graham has been dropped from Sunday’s Ulster Final starting lineup.

The Cavan Gaels clubman, who was voted man of the match in the Breffni Blues’ championship replay win over Fermanagh on June 16, has been replaced by Damien O’Reilly for the clash with Derry at Clones.

Ramor United player Phillip Kermath, who was sent-off in the first game against Fermanagh on June 8, is promoted to the right full-back spot.

Kermath never figured in the semi-final dismantling of Donegal.

His inclusion means normal left full-back Damien O’Reilly moves to left full-forward, at the expense of Michael Graham.

Cavan: P O’Dowd; P Kermath, C Brady, T Farrelly, G Sheridan; B Morris, P Sheils; S King (Cpt), D McCabe; F Cahill, L Reilly, R Cunningham, P Reilly, R Carolan, D O’Reilly. Subs: B McCormack, M Graham, P Smith, M Reilly, J Reilly, J Reilly, A Forde, P Brady, P Murphy, A Lambe, C Clarke.


GALWAY’S Joe Rabbitte is facing an uncertain future in hurling after the clash with a Roscommon defender in last weekend’s Connacht final that left him with a fractured skull.

The player who was readmitted to hospital on Monday evening was still in Galway’s Regional hospital last night, recovering from injuries which include a severe loss of balance and a hearing capacity of only 30 per cent.

Staff at the hospital described his condition as stable, and the player should be discharged some time this morning.

Doctors have told the player that he is lucky to be alive, following the incident, which could spell the end of what has been a highly successful hurling career.

He will definitely be out of the game for the rest of the year.


THREAT...Joe Rabbitte 



ROY Keane will take over the Manchester United captain’s arm-band from Eric Cantona – but only on a trial basis.

Manager Alex Ferguson wants to see whether being captain suits the Republic of Ireland midfielder.

The champions are on a tour of the Far East and are due to play a Bangkok XI in Thailand tomorrow.

New signing Teddy Sheringham lines up alongside Andy Cole, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club’s top scorer last season, misses the match due to a hamstring strain.

Sheringham said: “I am looking forward to it. I am at the top of my game, firing on all cylinders and am feeling really good.”


KERRY have named the side which defeated Cork to lift the National League title for their Munster final date with Clare on Sunday.

Skipper Mike Hassett returns to the full-back line and Brian Clarke to fullforward, with the injured Morgan O’Shea and John Brennan losing out.

O’Shea recently broke a bone in his hand during a club match, while Brennan has been dropped.

The double switch is the only alteration to the team who had their composure disrupted by Tipperary in the provincial semi-final.

Boss Paidi O Se will be looking for a much improved performance against underdogs Clare.

Maurice Fitzgerald will once again shoulder the brunt of the attacking responsibility, but much more will be expected of Dara O Cinneide, Liam Hassett and the recalled Clarke.

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