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Five-star Ireland crush Canada at UCD

Updated: Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 20:09 | Comments

Anna O'Flanagan scored the first of Ireland's five goals
Anna O'Flanagan scored the first of Ireland's five goals

Ireland beat Canada 5-0 today in their second match of the Electric Ireland Four Nations Tournament taking place in UCD.

Ireland dominated the majority of possession, bossing Canada around for most of the match. 

The home side secured just one goal in the first half, thanks to striker Anna O’Flanagan, but their attacking style of play finally started to pay off with four second half goals, including a fantastic penalty corner strike from Cliodhna Sargent on the occasion of her 150th cap.

Deirdre Duke and Naomi Carroll scored Ireland's remaining goals.

Commenting afterwards, coach Darren Smith said: “After a tough match against New Zealand it was great to come out with a solid win today against a difficult Canadian team.

"We were at times tentative and our basic skills lacking fluidity, but to the team's credit we did improve over the match to finish relatively strongly.

“Now we look forward to playing Chile, who will be up for the challenge with a berth in the final to the winner.

"I am sure either team would like another crack at New Zealand to improve on their pool match result.”

Earlier in the day New Zealand beat Chile 10-0.

Tomorrow is a rest day before action continues once again on Tuesday, with Ireland taking on Chile at 1915.

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