Ireland comfortably overcame the Czech Republic, 9 - 0, in the second of a three-match series at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD on Friday night.

Ireland’s intent was clear from the start with Mitch Darling opening the scoring in the first minute from open play.

Michael Watt made it 2-0, four minutes later with some excellent interplay into the circle.

Ireland continued to dominate the Czechs and were rewarded on 18 minutes with a superb reverse stick for Darlings second of the night.

With the Irish team camped in the Czech half, Timmy Cockram compounded the Czechs first-half misery with a superb reverse stick from the edge of the circle to the make it 4- 0 at half time.

The second half started in much the same vein as the first with Ireland attacking the Czechs fragile defence and it was Darling who made it 5-0 and secured his hat trick on the 44th minute from open play.

Another piece of fine interplay in the 49th minute took Darlings tally to four for the night.

Geoff McCabe, celebrating his 100th cap, made it 7 -0 as again the Czech defence was opened up by Irish quick passing.

Jermyn and Conor Harte rounded off a forgettable night for the Czechs with two penalty corners on 60 minutes and 68 minutes respectively to end the match 9-0 in Ireland’,s favour.

Ireland take to the pitch once again on Saturday at 8.00pm in UCD as they continue preparations for the Electric Ireland FIH Road To London which begins on Saturday 10 March in UCD.

Ireland: D Harte, J Jackson, R Gormley, P Gleghorne, C Harte, J Jermyn, A McConnell, D Ames, C Cargo, M Darling, T Cockram.

Reserves: P Caruth, I Sloan, S Loughrey, G McCabe