IRELAND comfortably overcame the Czech Republic 9 - 0 in the second of a three match series at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD tonight.
Irelands intent was clear from the start with Mitch Darling opening the scoring within the first minute from open play. Michael Watt made it 2-0, 4 minutes later with some excellent interplay into the circle.
Ireland continued to dominate the Czechs and were rewarded on 18 minutes with a superb reverse stick for Darlings second of the night.
With the Irish team camped in the Czech half Timmy Cockram compounded the Czechs first half misery with a superb reverse stick from the edge of the circle to the make it 4- 0 at half time buzzer.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first with Ireland attacking the Czechs fragile defence and it was Darling who made it 5-0 and secured his hat trick on the 44th minute from open play.
Another piece of fine interplay in the 49th minute takes Darlings tally to 4 for the night. Geoff McCabe celebrating his 100th cap made it 7 -0 as again the Czech defence was opened up by Irish quick passing.
Jermyn and Conor Harte rounded off a forgettable night for the Czechs with two penalty corners on 60 minutes and 68 minutes respectively to end the match 9-0 in Irelands favour.
Ireland will take to the pitch once again tomorrow at 8pm in UCD as they continue preparations for the Electric Ireland FIH Road To London which begins on Saturday March 10th in UCD.
Ireland 9 (4) Darling(4 op) 1min, 18min 44min, 49 min Watt 5 min (op), Cockram 28 min (op) McCabe 54 min (op) Jermyn 60 mins (PC) C. Harte 68 min (pc)
Czech Rep 0 (0)
Irish Hockey Association media release