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Five-star Ireland hit the goal trail as Scotland pay a heavy penalty

 

By Graham Hamilton

Ireland coasted to their second win in the Five Nations tournament in Benalmadena when they crushed Scotland 5-1.

Coach Craig Fulton rested key players in Jonathan Bell, Sean Murray and Peter Caruth but particularly pleasing was the conversion rate from penalty corners - they put away three of the four awards.

Having scored four against Canada on Monday, two against Spain on Tuesday and now five against the Scots, it takes their tally to 11 in three games.

Altogether there were eight Ulstermen in action - five in Ireland's starting line-up, two who came on as rolling subs and Ben Cosgrove, the Banbridge winger who now features for Scotland.

Shane O'Donoghue set the ball rolling with trademark penalty corner drag flicks to see the Green Machine lead 2-0 at half-time.

And after Julian Dale swept home Darragh Walsh's pass, Conor Harte converted another penalty corner to make it four.

Dale got the fifth after good work by Neal Glassey before the Scots got a consolation from Kenny Bain's penalty corner.

The Irish will complete their round-robin programme against the USA tomorrow (1pm).

Meanwhile, Chris Barnes took his season's tally to 35 when he scored five as Instonians won 7-3 at North Down in the Ulster Premier League.

Three came from open play and two from penalty corners, with William Robinson getting their other two, while the Comber men's marksmen were Gareth McKeown (2) and Josh Gilmore.

IRELAND: D Fitzgerald, M Bell, P Gleghorne, C Harte, S Loughrey; S O'Donoghue, C Cargo, M Robson, S Cole, J McKee, J Dale. Subs: N Glassey, M Nelson, L Madeley, S O'Connor, D Walsh, J Duncan, M Ingram.

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