IRELAND 9 FRANCE 0
Ireland beat France on Friday night 9-0 at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD in their opening match of the Electric Ireland test series.
Ireland dominated the match throughout with Audrey O’Flynn scoring four goals from penalty corners, Aine Connery with two.
And Emma Smyth; Gillian Pinder and Katie Mullan all getting on the score sheet with one each.
Ireland opened the game dominating from the first whistle.
After their fourth penalty corner Ireland finally found the back of the net thanks to Audrey O’Flynn’s drag flick in the 18th minute.
Bruneau in goals for France did well to keep the efforts out until the 33 minute when O’Flynn’s drag flick again proved too powerful and she scored her brace giving Ireland a 2-0 lead at half time.
Ireland came out looking strong in the second half bossing the French about the field scoring their 3rd goal from their 8th penalty corner thanks once again to marksman O’Flynn scoring a hat-trick.
Ireland continued to gain momentum O’Flynn again on the score sheet in the 47th minute again from a set piece drag flick.
Ireland scored again just minutes later this time Railway Union’s Smyth scoring with style to make it 5-0.
Next up Pinder made it six from a three on one situation making no mistake and slamming it home, five minutes later Mullan was on the score sheet after Captain Megan Frazer crashed the ball through for a final Mullan touch to make it 7-0.
In the 60th & 61st minute Connery scored two the first coming from Naomi Carroll’s break down the left hand side the second from the penalty spot when Connery pounced on a rebound ball from the post to make it 9-0.
Ireland will have less than a 24 hour turnaround before they take on Spain at 6pm at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD