IRELAND’S men took on Great Britain today in the second of two training matches at Bisham Abbey coming out with a 2-2 draw.
Great Britain opened the scoring in the second minute when Barry Middleton tapped in at the back post from a by-line ball but Ireland managed to level the sides just 7 minutes later with a Timothy Cockram drag flick. The game was evenly contested throughout the remainder of the first half and was fairly reflected in the 1-1 score at half time.
In the 41st minute Great Britain took the lead again with a Simon Mantell goal from a penalty corner drag flick. Ireland piled on the pressure and were awarded a number of short corners but failed to take their opportunities and it was not until after the final hooter that they scored their equalising goal once again from a Timothy Cockram drag flick. Final score Ireland 2 -2 Great Britain.
Starting XI: David Fitzgerald (GK); John Jackson; Paul Gleghorne; Conor Harte; Stuart Loughrey; Andy McConnell; David Ames; Geoff McCabe; Michael Watt; Mitch Darling; Timmy Cockram
Reserves (all used): Johnny Bell; Chris Cargo; Ian Sloan; Peter Caruth; Gareth Watkins; Shane O’Donoghue.
Irish Hockey Association media release