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Hockey: Ireland record big win
18 Jul 2015 19:07
Ireland’s first match in the Eurohockey Championships II saw them put the heartbreak of Valencia firmly to bed in a clinical 7-1 victory over France.
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There were five different scorersin what was a cohesive performance that hinted at more to come from the team.
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Katie Mullan’s early goal in the sixth minute was quickly cancelled out by a goal for France a minute later.
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But Ireland were soon on top.
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The mixture of experience and youth, Kerri McDonald winning her first cap today, proved a successful combination as Naomi Carroll and Nicci Daly both scored within four minutes of each other to make it 3-1 at half time.
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Captain Megan Frazer led by example as she darted through the centre of the French defence and scored in the opening two minutes of the second half.
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Deirdre Duke was next on the score sheet as she skilfully drew the goalkeeper from her line and side stepped around her to clinically score. Again Frazer showed her skill, leaving defenders in her wake, as she set up Carroll for her second goal. With one minute to go Frazer scored again to make the final score 7-1.
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Coach Graham Shaw said “We’re happy with the result and are looking to make improvements in every game. I thought the game was a bit loose at times but to score 7 goals in an international match is always nice. We must recover well now and get ready for Ukraine tomorrow night”.
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Ireland’s next match is against Ukraine tomorrow.
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Ireland team: McFerran, Brown, Mullan, McCay, Frazer (c), Carroll, Pinder, Watkins, Daly, Matthews, Sargent
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Subs: Davis, O’Byrne, Lloyd, Duke, McDonald, Meeke, Beatty.
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