Ireland 6-1 Russia – ‘Electric Ireland’ F.I.H ‘Road to London’
Ireland 6 (2) John Jermyn 15 pc; Timmy Cockram 16 op; Mitch Darling 44m op; Peter Caruth 48 op; Conor Harte 56 pc; Michael Watt 59 op
Russia 1 (1) Ravshanzhon Zakirov 24m op
Before a large and very enthusiastic crowd at the Olympic Qualifying tournament at UCD, Ireland got the win they had wanted to get their 2012 ‘Road to London’ campaign off to a winning start but as ‘ Hockey Ireland’ reports:
“Ireland got off to a nervy start in their opening match of the Electric Ireland FIH Road to London here in UCD today. Ireland finally opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a John Jermyn drag flick. Ireland doubled their lead less than a minute later when Timmy Cockram picked up the opportunity to nick the ball over the line after some good work by Jermyn.
Ireland looked like they were settling and should have secured a third with chances from penalty corners and a lovely aerial from Caruth to set up a green attack, but it was the Russian’s who were next on the score sheet when Zakirov pounced on the rebound to make it 2-1 before half time.
Nine minutes into the second half Ireland increased their lead when Mitch Darling got on the end of Cargo’s initial reverse stick after a few Irish attempts to put it away.
Caruth made it 4-1 just four minutes later when Magee broke from left and weathered a number of tackles but great advantage given resulted in Caruth slamming home from left to right.
Conor Harte made it 5-1 when he dragged home and Michael Watt copper fastened an Irish victory with a classy reverse stick to make it 6-1.
Ireland Starting XI: David Harte GK; John Jackson; Geoff McCabe; Ronan Gormley Capt; Michael Watt; Eugene Magee; Andrew McConnell; Michael Darling; David Ames; Paul Gleghorne; Conor Harte
Reserves (all used): Chris Cargo; John Jermyn; Peter Caruth; Timmy Cockram; Stuart Loughrey.
Man of the Match: RONAN GORMLEY (Ireland)
Next Up for the Irish team is Sunday afternoon’s clash with the Ukraine at same venue (15:00)