IRL V Wales Day 3 Match Report


Ireland clinched their series against Wales in style with a decisive 3-0 win in the final game of the  series on Sunday.

Ireland started off well and forced a penalty corner which was converted on 9 minutes by Luke Madeley. As had been the case on Saturday when the Welsh fell behind, they came more into the game as the half wore on. There were no further goals for either team in the rest of the first quarter or in the second quarter. It remained 1-0 at half time.

The third quarter became a bit of a Ben Walker show as he opened his account on 39 minutes to put Ireland 2-0 ahead. Ben, then got his second goal of the afternoon, sixty seconds later in the 40th minute to leave the score 3-0 to Ireland.

That might have been the end of the scoring, but it was far from the end of the action. In a hectic final quarter Wales had a goal overturned on an Irish appeal. They were also awarded a stroke which was saved by David Harte.

Wales were reduced to 10 during that final quarter for 2 minutes when Jacob Draper was green carded. Double goalscoring hero Ben Walker was green carded in the 59th minute, meaning that Ireland finished the game with 10 players on the field.

Next up for Ireland’s men is a three game series with Austria beginning July 13th at the Sports Ireland Campus in Abbotstown.


IRELAND: Jamie Carr. Luke Madeley, John McKee, Kevin O’Dea, Peter McKibbin, Michael Robson, Ben Walker, Jonathan Lynch, Sam Hyland, Ben Johnson  SUBS: David Harte (GK), Charlie Rowe, Shane O’Donoghue, Mark McNellis, Jeremy Duncan, Conor Empey, Nicholas Page

WALES: Toby Reynolds-Cotterill, Daniel Kyriakides, Alf Dinnie, Jacob Draper, Rhys Bradshaw, Jolyon Morgan, Hywel Jones, Jack Pritchard,  Benjamin Francis, Luke Hawker, Gareth Griffiths.  SUBS: Rupert Shipperley , Rhodri Furlong, Owen Sutton, Owain Dolan -Gray, Fred Newbold