Ireland brush aside China

Ireland's Alan Sothern scored a hat trick against China
Ireland's Alan Sothern scored a hat trick against China

Ireland beat China 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the World League tournament in Antwerp.

Alan Sothern scored twice in quick succession early in the second quarter to give Ireland a 2-0 lead.

Sothern was again in the midst of the action and won a penalty stroke but the Chinese keeper saved.

Caruth scored the third goal of the contest after a terrific link up between Watt and Jackson that set up a tap-in.

David Harte saved in the first two minutes of the second half and an Irish counter attack lead by Sothern earned the Green Machine a penalty corner.

Gormley duly scored from an intricate PC routine to make it 4-0. Sothern earned his hat trick a minute later.

Stephen Dowds wrapped up the scoring with the fastest goal of the tournament so far with a 130km/hr shot.

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The positives of the quarter were marred by a neck injury to David Harte following a collision with a Chinese striker. Harte was stretchered off the pitch and FitzGerald took over for the remainder of the match.

The 4th quarter saw both teams discipline tested and it was 9 vs 9 at one point thanks to several yellow cards but no more goals were to follow and the match finished 6-0.