Ireland’s World League Two campaign continued with a comprehensive 13-0 win over Fiji in New Delhi on Wednesday following Monday’s 5-2 victory over Bangladesh to open the tournament.
It was a special day in particular for two of Ireland’s Green Machine as Eugene Magee became the record caps holders for Ireland earning his 164th cap while Banbridge’s Peter Brown scored his first International goal at this level.
In truth, the result was never in doubt as Ireland raced into a 5-0 lead in the first half through goals from Darling, Brown, Maguire, Cargo and fittingly new Irish record caps holder Eugene Magee.
The Green Machine could have gone into the break with a much healthier score line than 5-0 had the team managed to convert any of the five penalty corners awarded to them in the first half of action.
Ireland’s second half performance was equally efficient and more success with their penalty corners allowed the Green Machine to rack up goals to add to their tally.
Ireland coach Andrew Meredith was pleased with his side’s performance given the difficult circumstances some of his squad have faced in India.
“I’m very pleased with the result, while the three points is the most important thing, scoring 13 goals is rare in an international match,” he said.
“Credit to the midfielders and strikers for creating a lot of opportunities and having a high percentage of positive outcomes.
“Individually there were some much more consistent performances, which were exceptional in the circumstances that five players had been ill in the last 24hrs.’
Ireland Starting XI: Fitzgerald, Jackson, Gormley, C. Harte, Loughrey, Cargo, Magee, McCabe, Watt, O’Donoghue, Carson
Ireland Squad - David Fitzgerald (Monkstown), David Harte (SV Kampong, Holland), Paul Gleghorne (Instonians), Ronan Gormley (Krefeld HC, Germany), Conor Harte (SCHC, Holland), John Jackson (Braxgata, Belgium), Stuart Loughrey (Team Bath Buccaneers), Bruce McCandless (Banbridge), Chris Cargo (Reading, England), Eugene Magee (Krefeld HC, Germany), Geoff McCabe (Santander, Spain), Phelie Maguire (THC Hurley), Peter Brown (Banbridge), David Carson (Monkstown), Mitch Darling (Three Rock Rovers), Shane O’Donoghue (UCD), Alan Sothern (Pembroke Wanderers), Michael Watt (SCHC, Holland)