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Dublin: 11 °C Thursday 17 April, 2014

The Morning Score: Friday

Here’s everything you need to know this morning.

Ireland captain Alexandra Speers celebrates scoring the third goal.
Ireland captain Alexandra Speers celebrates scoring the third goal.
Image: NPHO/FFU/Stanislas Brochier

1. #HOCKEY Ireland’s women hockey team are one win away from Olympic qualification, after they beat top seeds Spain in Belgium yesterday. They now face the hosts on Sunday with a place at the Olympics at stake. They first play Belgium tonight in an irrelevant group game.

2. #GAA The Armagh County Board last night backed down from allegations that their players were racially abused during their NFL Division 1 match against Laois. Representatives from both counties met  to discuss the fall-out from Sunday’s row in O’Moore Park, after Armagh issued a statement on Monday which suggested that there was a “racist” element to a flashpoint involving captain Ciarán McKeever.

3. #LOI There’s another busy evening of domestic football in store. Here’s all your team news.

4. #CRICKET Ireland are currently chasing a target of 115, set by the Netherlands in Dubai. Ireland have to win to set up a winner-takes-all showdown with Namibia.

5. #F1 Lewis Hamilton completed a practice hat-trick as Mercedes power locked out the first four positions in today’s second session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

6. #GAA Nicky Cashin has stepped down as Waterford hurling selector according to RTÉ with Déise legend Ken McGrath in line to fill the post.

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