Hockey: Ireland crush France

Chloe Watkins
Chloe Watkins

Ireland secured another convincing win over France as they played them for the fourth time in a two week period winning 8-1.

Ireland will play Spain in their final test of this series on Sunday at 2pm.

Ireland bossed the match from the start finishing off eight goals with conviction.

Nicci Daly opened with just five minutes on the clock with a cracker from the top of the circle.

Ireland had to wait until the 28th minute for their second despite plenty of pressure to make it two when Chloe Watkins converted from open play.

Ireland made it three just before short time when striker Anna O’Flanagan gave a deft deflection to Cliodhna Sargent’s penalty corner strike.

Chloe Brown made it four goals in the 44th minute when Shirley McCay set up the attack from the back passing to Chloe Watkins who slipped in Brown.

Ireland’s next goal was a real team effort with Deirdre Duke finishing off after Anna O’Flanagan and Chloe Brown combined.

France got one back after an Irish error but they finished well with Juliette Hevin scoring their only goal.

Nicci Daly turned that over minutes later with a fine finish from the top of the circle hammering it home with pace to make it 6-1.

Two further goals ensued for the Green Army Anna O’Flanagan and Emma Smyth both netting to make it 8-1.