Ireland defeated Wales 2-0 thanks to two second half goals in their final test at UCD this afternoon.

The majority of play in the first half was in around midfield with a few chances falling to both sides, including a penalty corner to Wales in the 27th minute, but a miss-trap let Ireland off the hook and the half closed out 0-0.

Ireland came out attacking after the break and broke the deadlock in the 44th minute when Shane O’Donoghue converted with a powerful drag flick to make it 1-0.

Wales had a great chance to level with a penalty corner of their own moments later but the chance was well saved by Stephen West in goals.

Ireland then added the second when they secured a penalty corner ten seconds before the end of the match, with marksman Alan Sothern making no mistake, flinging it home to make the result safe.

Ireland will be back in action next weekend with two matches against England on Friday and Saturday in UCD.

Commenting after the match, coach Ned Fulton said: “It was a tough match, we struggled in the first half but we made some mental changes for the second half, picking up the tempo and we attacked much better in the second half deserving the 2-0 win.

“We will train during the week I preparation for the double test against England, we will have to make improvements and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Ireland: Stephen West (GK); John Jackson (Capt); Jonathan Bell, Michael Watt; Maurice Elliott; Drew Carlisle; Mitch Darling; Kyle Good; Paul Gleghorne; Stuart Loughrey; Shane O’Donoghue.

Reserves: Alan Sothern; Peter Caruth; Kirk Shimmins; Stephen Cole; Bruce McCandless; David Fitzgerald (GK); Conor Harte.