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Ireland 12-0 Ukraine

Updated: Sunday, 11 Mar 2012 20:16

The Ireland hockey team applaud the crowd after their victory over Ukraine
The Ireland hockey team applaud the crowd after their victory over Ukraine

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Ireland rolled into double figures as they continued on their Road To London campaign with a 12-0 win over Ukraine.

The victory is the second-biggest scoreline in the history of Ireland men's hockey. The biggest was 13-0 against Malta in 2002.

Ireland opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Paul Gleghorne drilled in a great ball and Timmy Cockram put in a classy deflection, securing his first of three.

Six minutes later Eugene Magee displayed his quick reactions when Conor Harte's initial drag was saved, and Magee pounced on the rebound, volleying it home at pace for 2-0.

A further six minutes later Magee was on hand to convert an excellent set-piece, a switched drag flick to make it 3-0.

From there the goals flowed for Ireland, including another two before half-time.

Timmy Cockram got the fourth with another rebound opportunity. Mitch Darling wrapped it up in the first half with an open-play goal.


Ireland continued in much the same vein after half-time, overpowering Ukraine and hammering in another seven goals, as several opportunities were created much to the packed stadium’s delight.

Darling was the first scorer of the second half in the 43rd minute, before Peter Caruth got his name on the scoresheet in the 49th minute.

The final five goals all came from open play as Ireland showed flare, pace and finesse.

Man-of-the-match was Ireland's hat-trick goalscorer Timmy Cockram.

Ireland starting XI: David Harte (GK); John Jackson; Ronan Gormley; Michael Watt; Eugene Magee; Andrew McConnell; Ian Sloan; Michael Darling; David Ames; Paul Gleghorne; Conor Harte.

Reserves: Chris Cargo; John Jermyn; Peter Caruth; Timmy Cockram; Stuart Loughrey.

Ireland goalscorers: Timmy Cockram 15; 29m; 63m; Eugene Magee 21m; 27m; Mitch Darling 35m; 43m; Peter Caruth 49m; Michael Watt 54m; 59m; Chris Cargo 69m; John Jermyn 70m.

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