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On target: Ulsterman Michael Watt scored for Ireland against Austria

On target: Ulsterman Michael Watt scored for Ireland against Austria

On target: Ulsterman Michael Watt scored for Ireland against Austria

There was a double success for the Irish men's hockey squad over the weekend as they followed up Saturday's 3-1 win over Wales with a 2-0 success against the same opposition yesterday at the National Stadium, Belfield Dublin.

The first game saw Ireland take the lead in the ninth minute, when Instonians' Paul Gleghorne set up Michael Watt for the easiest of tap ins.

Peter Swanson then equalisied for Wales in the 44th minute.

Ireland dominated the game thereafter, but squandered numerous penalty corner chances before David Carson restored the lead in the 58th minute with UCD student Shane O'Donaghue copper-fastening the win from a prolongation penalty corner.

The first half of yesterday's game was a somewhat staid affair, midfield dominance being the order of the day.

As the pace and intensity increased Ireland broke the deadlock with an O'Donaghue drag flick on the three-quarter hour mark before the predatory Alan Sothern secured victory in the dying embers, again from a prolongation penalty corner.

Coach Craig Fulton was relatively happy with the performance.

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"We struggled at times but picked up the tempo when the need arose," he said.

"We will train hard during the week for the big double header on Friday and Saturday against (World Cup semi-finalists) England."

IRELAND SQUAD: Stephen West, John Jackson (Capt), Jonathan Bell, Michael Watt, Maurice Elliott, Drew Carlisle, Mitch Darling, Kyle Good, Paul Gleghorne, Stuart Loughrey, Shane O'Donaghue, Alan Sothern, Peter Caruth, Kirk Shimmins, Stephen Cole, Bruce McCandless, David Fitzgerald, Conor Harte.


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