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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Contrasting fortunes for Derry Bhoys

Celtic's contingent of former Derry City wingers enjoyed contrasting fortunes last night as Niall McGinn faced up to a two-month absence while Paddy McCourt added another wonder goal to his collection.

McGinn missed Celtic's trip to Germany to take part in St Pauli's centenary celebrations after going over on his foot in the final training session of the season on Monday.

The 22-year-old then learned he will miss the start of pre-season training after tests confirmed he had broken a metatarsal.

McGinn said: "I will see a specialist on Thursday to see if I need a cast or an operation, or both. It's a big blow. It happened during a small game near the end of the session. It was going well until I went over on my foot when I went to hit a shot. The physio said that it looks like a clean break and will heal well, which is encouraging. But I will miss the start of pre-season training."

McGinn's mood would no doubt have been lifted later, if only temporarily, when he watched his Northern Ireland team-mate McCourt light up an end-of-season exercise with a virtuoso effort as Celtic won 2-0 in Germany.

McCourt, who scored spectacular goals after mazy runs against Falkirk and St Mirren this season, collected the ball on the halfway line before beating three men down the touchline and cutting into the penalty box, finishing off by nutmegging the St Pauli goalkeeper and finding the far corner. Morten Rasmussen turned his man and finished from six yards late in the game to seal the win.



Lions roar into final

Steve Morison and Paul Robinson booked Millwall another trip to Wembley after sinking Huddersfield to reach the League One play-off final.

Striker Morison was sporting a hefty bandage following a nasty clash of heads in Saturday's goalless first leg, but Millwall's summer signing from Stevenage left the Terriers' defence with a headache as he hit his 23rd goal of a stunning debut season.

And home skipper Robinson ensured there would be no late comeback from a disappointing Town side with a late header.

The Lions will face Swindon a week on Saturday as they attempt to bury their play-off hoodoo -- they have missed out on promotion in their previous five attempts.



Shots need victory

Aldershot are out to overturn a one-goal deficit tonight and book their place in the League Two play-off final (live Sky Sports 1, 8.0).

A late goal from Adam Le Fondre gave Rotherham a 1-0 win at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, which leaves Kevin Dillon's men needing victory at the Millers' home ground, Don Valley Stadium.

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