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Green Machine out to impress as they build towards Rio

By Staff Reporter

Published 03/03/2016

Alan Sothern
Alan Sothern

Ireland men finished the second phase of their build-up towards the Rio Olympics when they beat France twice over the last two days.

Monday's game saw the Green Machine win 1-0 with Mitch Darling the marksman and last night it was 2-1 with Ulsterman Neal Glassey and Alan Sothern getting on the scoresheet.

The two games were staged at the Merrion Fleet Arena in Dublin as part of coach Craig Fulton's plans to have his squad training every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday together.

France are ranked marginally lower than the Irish on the world ladder but their swift counter-attacking tactics often cause problems and this proved the case again.

However, Fulton was pleased that there was only one goal conceded over the two games, although he would have preferred a few more from his own team.

Darling scored his goal in Monday's match early in the second quarter, but despite close attempts from Peter Caruth, Kirk Shimmins, Michael Watt and Shane O'Donoghue, they failed to add to their tally.

Last night it was Lisnagarvey midfielder Glassey who opened the scoring in the first quarter, shooting high into the net after great pressure.

Eugene Magee was denied from a penalty corner and fellow Ulsterman Caruth came close after a solo run.

But Pembroke Wanderers striker Sothern made sure of the win with a low shot to the net in the third quarter.

France pulled one back late on, but the Irish ran down the clock to complete a useful mini-series.

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