In a strong physical contest, Ireland’s men lost 3-2 to Wales in the first of two full internationals in Cardiff this weekend.
The home side shaded the opening half, hitting the bar in the 18th minute before opening their account in the 34th minute with a corner from Huw Jones – initially disallowed but awarded after consultation between the umpires.
Early in the second period, Mikey Watt and Andy McConnell combined for Jason Lynch to spin neatly and ping in a reverse into the corner of the net for 1-1. Lynch’s second, coming four minutes into the half, was a superb effort, dribbling past a defender before flicking over the onrushing keeper. But two late Olly Cooper goals swung the game back into Welsh hands.
Speaking about the match, manager Peter Jackson said “This was a good peformance by Ireland considering the youthfulness of the squad and the short amount of time they have trained together, it was a good team performance and we look forward to tomorrow’s match.”