Ireland got off to a nervy start in their opening match of the Electric Ireland FIH Road to London in UCD.

The home side finally opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a John Jermyn drag flick.

Ireland doubled their lead less than a minute later when Timmy Cockram picked up the opportunity to nick the ball over the line after some good work by John Jermyn.

Ireland looked like they were settling and should have secured a third with chances from penalty corners and a lovely aerial from Peter Caruth to set up a green attack, but it was the Russians who were next on the score sheet when Zakirov pounced on the rebound to make it 2-1 before half time.

Nine minutes into the second half Ireland increased their lead when Mitch Darling got on the end of Chris Cargo's initial reverse stick after a few Irish attempts to put it away.

Caruth made it 4-1 just four minutes later when Eugene Magee broke from left and weathered a number of tackles but great advantage given resulted in Caruth slamming home from left to right.

Conor Harte made it 5-1 when he dragged home and Michael Watt copper fastened an Irish victory with a classy reverse stick to make it 6-1.

In the opening game Malaysia beat Chile 5-1, while Korea beat Ukraine 8-2.

Ireland play Ukraine on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Ireland Starting XI: David Harte GK; John Jackson; Geoff McCabe; Ronan Gormley (Capt); Michael Watt; Eugene Magee; Andrew McConnell; Michael Darling; David Ames; Paul Gleghorne; Conor Harte

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

Man of the Match: Ronan Gormley