IRELAND snatched the favourites tag in the Olympic Qualifiers, after they pomelled Ukraine 12-0 in a show of strength and skills to top the standings with a total of 18 goals.
In their first match, the Irish had disposed Russia 6-1.
The Green Machine, as they are nick-named, were merciless in their onslaught and their precision in the semi-circle is simply awsome.
However, their true form will only be known today, when they square off against world No 6 South Korea.
The Koreans showed that they are vulnerable at the back as they have let in three goals, and the also needed some 30 minutes before they could crack open the Chile goalmouth for a 6-1 win.
However, Ireland coach Paul Revington was not in a mood to celebrate the goals galore, yet, when he said: “I don’t think we’ll read too much into it.”
The coach was well aware that goals might come to nothing is they do not win three points against the Koreans.
“I think we are happier with the clean sheet. It was a composed and organised performance against Ukraine, however, Korea will be tough and we’ll do our preparation to be ready for that.”
Korea have not been their usual confident self in this tournament, and the fact that they recalled four Sydney 2000 players into their ranks also indicates that they have pushed the panic button, and the Irish could just dash their Olympics dream today.