HOCKEY: Ireland U21 side get off to flying start at Europeans

Johnny McKee
Johnny McKee

Ireland’s Under 21 Men defeated Russia 5-2 to get off to a flying start in their first match of the Europeans on Monday.

Two first half goals gave Ireland a healthy start going into the break with Johnny McKee scoring before Nick Burns converted from the set-piece to make it 2-0.

Ireland extended their lead to 4-0 with two more goals in the 52nd minute from Neal Glassey and Peter Brown.

Russia pulled one back in the 54th minute before Irish captain Nick Burns got his second and Ireland’s fifth to make it 5-1.

Russia got one further goal to make it 5-2 but Ireland will no doubt be happy with a strong start to the tournament.

The Irish take on the Ukraine on Tuesday at 5pm.

Match Schedule

Tuesday: Ireland v Ukraine

Wednesday: Ireland v Portugal

Friday: Classification

Saturday: Classification