Tumilty has platform to build on as Ireland pass first French exam
Mark Tumilty made a winning start to his reign as interim head coach of the national men's team as Ireland defeated France 2-1 in the first of the two-match series in Bordeaux last night.
Ulster players Sean Murray and Matthew Nelson, with a late winner, got the goals as preparations continued for the Olympic qualifiers against Canada in Vancouver at the end of the month.
Tumilty said: "The results of the two games aren't important but, having said that, it was good for the guys to experience a winning feeling again.
"I was pleased with the way they played, although there are still a few things we have to work on and I would have liked to have seen us retain the ball better at times but, overall, it was a good display."
Former Lisnagarvey man Murray, now playing in Holland, opened the scoring with a fine solo effort in the eighth minute.
France levelled through Blaise Rogeau's penalty corner in the 43rd minute before Nelson, who plies his trade in Germany, hammered home a loose ball in the circle for a spectacular winner with two minutes remaining.
Today: France v Ireland (Bordeaux, 4.30pm)