IRELAND 3 WALES 1
Ireland defeated Wales by 3-1 in the first of the two test series against their Celtic neighbours.
Wales started the sharper of the two sides winning the first PC of the game but the chance was well saved by David Fitzgerald.
Ireland took the lead 2m later when after good work by Paul Gleghorne gave Michael Watt the easiest of tap in’s to put Ireland in front.
Ireland forced three PC’s of their own in the first half one saved by Kettle and the other two off target from the stick of O’Donoghue.
The second half started with great work by O Donoghue but his shot from play just wide. Wales scored to equalise after 44m when a diving Peter Swainson beat Fitzgerald from 5yards.
Ireland won PC No. 4 a minute later this time Conor Harte low drag was saved and another PC followed this time O’Donoghue’s shot was cleared.
They continued to dominate and from their 6pc O’Donoghue fired over. Ireland were working very hard up front with Maurice Elliott dispossessing the Welsh defence to give David Carson the simplest of finishes and Ireland a deserved 2-1 lead.
On the hooter a series of three penalty corners resulted in a low drag from Shane O Donoghue finding the bottom corner to give Ireland a 3-1 victory.
After the game Irish Coach Craig Fulton said “He was happy with the result.
“We created a lot of chances but were wasteful in front of goal. We are trying new things in which we have progressed.
“I am sure tomorrow’s game will be exciting and we are looking forward to the encounter”
Ireland will play Wales on Sunday with a 3pm start at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD
Ireland Starting XI: David Fitzgerald (GK), Michael Watt, Maurice Elliott, Bruce McCandless, Drew Carlisle, Michael darling, Timothy Cockram, Kyle Good, Paul Gleghorne, Conor Harte, Shane O Donoghue.
Subs Used: John Jackson, Jonathan Bell, Kirk Shimmins Michael Robson, Stuart Loughrey, David Carson.