IRELAND 4 SOUTH AFRICA 2
Ireland’s men hockey team opened their account in the Investec London Cup 4 Nations on Wednesday with an impressive 4-2 victory over South Africa.
The Green Machine broke the deadlock from their third penalty corner thanks to the striking power of Shane O’Donoghue before the higher-ranked South Africa leveled thanks to Taine Paton.
Ireland edged ahead again before half time with Mitch Darling claiming the honours to make it 2-1 at the break. They extended their lead after a super Kirk Shimmins run was converted by striker Alan Sothern before he put the game beyond South Africa’s reach to make it 4-1.
South Africa got one back in the 50th minute thanks to Lance Louw but Ireland were pleased to close out game one of this tournament with a 4-2 win.
Coach Fulton commented: “I am happy with today’s result, but we have plenty of room for improvement.
“We took our chances well against a physical South African team in what was a tough contest. We look forward to our match tomorrow against Scotland.”