Ireland 1 - 1 France
John Jermyn capped off his final Ireland appearance before international retirement with an early goal in the 1-1 draw with France in Cork
Jermyn’s last outing for the Green Machine saw him add to his record haul with his 93rd international goal, though France found the equaliser in the 42nd minute after a number of deflections.
The 36-year-old Cork man bows out after 179 matches and over the course of 16 years, culminating in the 2016 Olympics.
It was the perfect start to the fixture for Jermyn. A penalty corner won by Peter Caruth in the fourth minute saw him slot one of his trade mark drag flicks into the corner to give his side the lead.
A couple of chances quickly followed for Ireland as Jonny Bell sent a crash ball into the circle and Chris Cargo evaded his marker to send a reverse shot wide.
Charles Masson had the first chance for France as he sent a ball towards the top corner but it flew wide.
Goalkeeper David Harte got an important touch as Jean-Laurent Kieffer passed the ball across goal, knocking it away from the two awaiting strikers on the back post.
The visitors won three penalty corners of their own but a couple of mistraps and a superb save off the line by Stuart Loughrey meant Ireland went into half time 1-0 up.
Alan Sothern very nearly had his side further in front in the opening minutes of the second half as he tried to get the deflection on Cargo’s reverse across the circle.
"Getting that goal is a beautiful ending, and I think everyone is really happy for him, it’s a great way to go out" - Craig Fulton
However the momentum swung again and Victor Charlet saw his drag flick ricochet off the post. Conor Harte and Loughrey had to make some important tackles as the French built up considerable pressure.
Etienne Tynevez got the equalizer in the 42nd minute when he showed great reactions to bat the ball into the goal following a series of deflections from Nicolas Dumont’s route one ball into the circle.
Harte made a strong save moments later as Hugo Genestet took a shot from the top of circle and sent a rocket goalwards. There were a few chances for either side as the game wound down with Matthew Nelson making a good break along with Peter Caruth, while France won their sixth penalty corner but again couldn’t convert.
After the game, head coach Craig Fulton paid tribute to Jermyn.
"Getting that goal is a beautiful ending, and I think everyone is really happy for him, it’s a great way to go out," he said.
"He is an all-round great guy and to have a player of his calibre as part of the group has been a great asset to the team. For him to finish off here in Garryduff in front of his family and friends is priceless."