Jermyn signs off international career with trademark finish
Ireland 1 France 1
It was as if John Jermyn had tried to write the script himself.
The long-serving Irish midfielder had announced his impending retirement from international hockey and, would you believe it, he scores on his final game… and on his home ground, Cork C of I's Garryduff.
The only blip was that France did enough to earn a draw in the first of a three-Test series in the deep south.
It took Jermyn just three minutes to get on the scoresheet, dragging home his penalty corner after Annadale's Peter Caruth had won the award, his 93rd goal from 179 games.
Other Irish chances came after Lisnagarvey's Jonathan Bell sent in a crash ball and then fellow Ulsterman Chris Cargo had a go on the reverse.
But gradually the French came into the game and Francois Goyet had an effort deflected over the crossbar, while Victor Charlet had a penalty corner drag flick taken off the line by Stuart Loughrey.
Charlet had another penalty corner smack off the post, with Harte saving the rebound.
France got the equaliser through Etienne Tynevez, who somehow crashed the ball home on the volley from a crouching position in the 41st minute.
Irish coach Craig Fulton, in his last series before moving to Belgium, used eight Ulstermen and is expected to switch things around again for tomorrow's game and Sunday's game, both at UCC's Mardyke ground at 2pm.