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Ireland through to World Lge semis
05 Mar 2015 19:07
Ireland 12-2 Trinidad and Tobago
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Ireland powered through to the semi-finals of the World League round two with a 12-2 win over Trinidad and Tobago with nine different scorers on the mark in San Diego.
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Stephen Dowds gave them a superb start, scoring from the game’s first attack and it was 2-0 when Paul Gleghorne picked out John Jackson in the circle to score.
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They were, however, given a scare when Kwan Browne – on his 300th international appearance – scored twice in quick succession to peg the score back to 2-2 early in the second quarter.
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But quick-fire goals from Gleghorne and Mikey Watt gave Craig Fulton’s side a 4-2 half-time lead and they cut loose after the big break to run out handsome winners.
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Shane O’Donoghue made it 5-2 from a corner switch while Conor Harte and Dowds also scored from set pieces amid a run of five goals in nine minutes as Trinidad folded, a recurring theme in this tournament.
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Watt’s second stretched the lead to 8-2 at the end of the third quarter before Chris Cargo, Gleghorne, Eugene Magee and Alan Sothern piled on four more goals in the closing stages.
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The result means Ireland will play again on Saturday in the final four against either Italy or Canada for a place in the tournament’s final but, more importantly, for a place at World League round three where the Olympic qualifying berths will be doled out.
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