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Ireland complete Scots clean sweep
05 Nov 2014 18:06
Ireland made it three wins from three with a 4-0 victory this afternoon in their final test match against Scotland at Alexandra College.
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Ireland dominated the match throughout but it was ex Alexandra College student Deidre Duke who opened their account with a tap in thanks to a set up from Nicci Daly.
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Just before half time Aine Connery pounced on a deflection to give Nicki Cochrane in the Scotland goal no chance to make it 2-0.
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Scotland had their best chance of the half thanks to a penalty corner opportunity but Nicci Daly read it well picking up and clearing out to keep Ireland’s sheet clean.
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Ireland continued to apply the pressure and as the momentum built and Aine Connery got a touch off a great right cross to make it three.
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The game was pushed way beyond Scotland’s reach when Anna O’Flanagan picked up the rebound from Emma Smyth’s shot for Ireland’s fourth and final goal.
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Coach Darren Smith said afterwards: “Scotland are a good team so it was a great opportunity to play against a high quality outfit.
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“These three games were hugely beneficial giving everyone in the national squad a run as well as giving us another three quality test matches as we continue our preparation for World League 2 taking place in Ireland next March.”
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Smith concluded: “We have three more training camps, two in November and one in December, come January we will go into a warm weather training camp in Valencia as we continue to hone in on World League 2.”
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