Ireland's U21 Men got off to a flying start in their first match of the EuroHockey Junior Championships with a 5-2 win over Russia in Lousada, Portugal today.
Two first half goals gave Ireland a healthy start going into the break - Johnnie McKee with an open play goal followed up by Nick Burns converting from a set piece.
Ireland extended their lead to 4-0 with two goals in the 52nd minute from Neal Glassey and Peter Brown.
Russia pulled one back in the 54th before Captain Nick Burns got his second and Ireland's fifth to make it 5-1.
Russia weren't finished, however, and they netted one further goal to make it 5-2 but Ireland will no doubt be happy with a strong start to the tournament.
Ireland take on the Ukraine on Tuesday at 5pm Irish time.