Ireland into last four after hammering rivals in USA

Stephen Dowds
Stephen Dowds

Ireland powered through to the semi-finals of the World League round two with a 12-2 win over Trinidad and Tobago with nine different scorers on the mark in San Diego.

Stephen Dowds gave them a superb start, scoring from the game’s first attack and it was 2-0 when Paul Gleghorne picked out John Jackson in the circle to score.

They were, however, given a scare when Kwan Browne – on his 300th international appearance – scored twice in quick succession to peg the score back to 2-2 early in the second quarter.

But quickfire goals from Gleghorne and Mikey Watt gave Craig Fulton’s side a 4-2 half-time lead and they cut loose after the big break to run out handsome winners.

Shane O’Donoghue made it 5-2 from a corner switch while Conor Harte and Dowds also scored from set pieces amid a run of five goals in nine minutes as Trinidad folded, a recurring theme in this tournament.

Watt’s second stretched the lead to 8-2 before Chris Cargo, Gleghorne, Eugene Magee and Alan Sothern piled on more goals.

The result means Ireland will play again on Saturday in the final four against Italy or Canada for a place in the tournament’s final.