Ireland hit for six by France

International friendly: France 6 (Jean-Baptiste Pauchet 2, Yannick Schambert, Olivier Sanchez, Mathieu Durchon 2) Ireland 1 (Eugene Magee)
Ireland received a reality check from France in their first warm-up game for November’s World Cup qualifiers as they were hammered 6-1 in Paris this evening.

Three French goals between the 19th and 23rd minute undid a decent Irish start with Olivier Sanchez scoring the third to mark his debut in style.

Eugene Magee got Ireland’s only goal of the game – his 21st in the Irish jersey – from a 25th minute drag-flick.

Iain Walker pulled off a series of saves but France offered little mercy as Mathieu Durchon cracked in a goal either side of half-time and Jean-Baptiste Pauchet scored his second goal of the game in the 43rd minute to round out the scoring.

It proved a chastening experience for Belgian-based Phelie Maguire and Mikey Watt who made returns to the panel after lengthy absences – the former due to his time in Palestine, the latter returning from injury.
France, for their part, fielded a much changed side from their European championship squad with eight new faces into the squad and five stepping out including veteran Freddie Soyez and Maxine Lanos due to injury.

Ireland: Iain Walker, Tim Lewis Ronan Gormley (capt), Joe Brennan, Johnny Jackson, Geoff McCabe, Graham Shaw, David Hobbs, Eugene Magee, Mikey Watt, Alan Sothern
Subs: Mitch Darling, Andy McConnell, Phelie Maguire, Conor Harte, Peter Caruth

Fixture (Thursday): France vs Ireland, Paris, 1.30pm Irish time

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