Five star Irish start build-up with decisive win over USA
Ireland got their preparations for next month's World Series tournament under way when they swept aside the USA by 5-0 at Pembroke's Serpentine Avenue in Dublin last night.
It was Shane O'Donoghue who broke the deadlock in the first quarter with a powerful shot on the reverse stick that flashed past USA keeper Jonathan Klages and then two Ulstermen combined for the second goal when Matthew Nelson got on the end of a cross from Eugene Magee to deflect home a beauty.
USA had two good chances before the break but Lisnagarvey's Jonathan Bell took a penalty corner off the line and Alberto Morilla sent a shot wide of Jamie Carr's post before Sean Harris missed from just two yards out.
The Irish made them pay dearly when Nelson and Sean Murray combined, with Conor Harte getting the final touch for the third, and, barely over a minute later, Ben Walker cracked home the fourth on the backhand.
Magee, playing his 278th game in a green shirt, underlined how clinical the home team were when he scored the fifth from close range, whereas the USA squandered two more chances.
The two teams meet tomorrow at the same venue with a 12pm start.
IRELAND: J Carr, L Madeley, J Bell, C Harte, P Gleghorne, J Jackson, M Bell, N Glassey, S O'Donoghue, L Cole, S Cole, D Walsh, S Murray, M Robson, E Magee, M Nelson, B Walker, M Ingram