The Irish News - Nov 13 1997: World Cup play-off in jury woes for Republic

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy

MICK McCarthy's injury problems increased yesterday with Terry Phelan and David Kelly joining Ray Houghton on the Republic of Ireland sidelines at both training sessions in Dublin.

Phelan, a strong candidate to earn a recall at full-back with Steve Staunton favourite to be included on the left side of midfield, is troubled by a calf strain while Tranmere striker David Kelly has a knee injury.

The optimistic noises preached by McCarthy on Tuesday about Ray Houghton's state of health were noticeably missing from the Irish manager yesterday.

“Ray has this heel injury, so we will have to wait and see,” said the Irish boss. “Obviously it is a concern, but we will see what the situation is tomorrow.”

The 35-year-old Reading midfielder again took no part in training yesterday in Dublin but he is still expected to accompany the squad which flies out to Brussels this morning.

McCarthy insisted that Phelan and Kelly were rested from yesterday's training as a “precautionary measure”.

After the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Dublin a fortnight ago, the Irish manager is anticipating a physical game against a Belgian side who have the advantage in weight and height.

IRELAND'S amateur boxers fell to Wales by one single computer score in their first international match of the 1997/98 season.

With honours even at 4-4, Welsh light heavyweight Steven Donaldson had them singing in the valleys after he sneaked a 10-9 decision over Ireland's Adrian Sheerin in Swansea.

Tyrone middleweight Tommy Donnelly (Mark Haughey ABC) helped, temporarily, to stabilise the situation with an emphatic 10-4 victory after Olympic welter Francis Barrett had defeated Craig Maddox on a 16-6 scoreline.

Final Score: Ireland 4 Wales 5.

54kg: Martin Murphy lost to Darren Hayde 29-28 60kg: Aodh Carlyle bt Jamie Hull 10-5 63.5kg: Michael Hobbs lost to Alwyn Evans 14-6 63.5kg: Mark Wickham lost to Vinny Powell RSC5 67kg: Francis Barrett bt Craig Maddox 16-6 71kg: Tom Fitzgerald lost to Anthony Smith 16-13 75kg: Tommy Donnelly bt Sean Pepperall 10-4 75kg: Ciprian Petrea bt Darren Haines 3-0 81kg: Adrian Sheerin lost to Steven Donaldson 10-9.

DAMIEN O'Reilly has promoted Anthony Forde and Mickey Graham to the starting 15 in his first selection as temporary manager of Ulster Champions Cavan.

Midfield star Stephen King has been ruled out of the team for Sunday's National League clash with Tyrone due to injury.

Cavan: P O'Dowd, P Kermath, C Brady, T Farrelly, G Sheridan, B Morris, P Shiels, D McCabe, C Clarke, P Reilly, R Carolan, R Cunningham, M Graham, A Forde, F Cahill.

BALLINDERRY Shamrock's man Kevin Collins has been reappointed county minor manager.

The St Patrick's Academy Dungannon teacher will take immediate charge of the teams plans for 1998 and will be assisted by Richard Ferris, trainer of new Ulster Club champions Dungiven.

MONAGHAN team manager Eamon McEneaney has made two changes from the team that defeated Cavan for Sunday's trip to Sligo in the NFL.

Goalkeeper John O'Connor is replaced by Glen Murphy and full-forward Gregory Flanagan makes way for the Clones man Declan McKernan.

Monaghan: G Murphy, E Murphy, D McDermott, B Morgan, D Duffy, S Mullan, N Marron, C Ronaghan, P McShane, M Daly, G McGurk, K Hughes, D Smyth, D McKernan, P Duffy. Subs: J O'Connor, P McDonald, D Freeman, J Conlon, D McArdle, S McGinnity, G Meehan, C McAree, N Magennis.

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe from just £1 for the first month to get full access


Today's horoscope


See a different horoscope: