Ireland put in an impressive performance against the world no.5’s to secure a 2-1 victory over England in their friendly in front of a crowd in UCD.

Michael Watt’s 50th international goal proved decisive after he had earlier levelled matters, smashing home from close range to make it 1-1 in the 41st minute.

England had broken the deadlock in the 31st minute with Ashley Jackson dragging low to put his side 1-0 before half time.

Watt’s second goal came just three minutes from time after he converted from a penalty corner, thus ensuring Ireland bounced back with a win following Friday’s 3-2 loss to England.

Commenting afterwards, Ireland coach Ned Fulton said: “It was an improvement on yesterday’s game and we had a good start.

“The belief in the group was strong and we were able to execute the chances we created as well as defending well. I was very proud of the performance, but we still have work to do and we look forward to next week.”

Ireland play in the Investec London Cup starting this Wednesday at the Olympic Park  in London – the team is expected to be announced on Monday.