Late double denies Ireland

Ireland 2 (Andy McConnell, Eugene Magee) England 4
Ireland’s men lost the first of their uncapped double-header against England this evening in Lilleshall in a high tempo warm-up game ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.

The European champions took the lead in the ninth minute but Andy McConnell’s (pictured) fine solo goal, breaking down the left wing before shooting a reverse-stick shot over the advancing goalkeeper, made it 1-1 on 15 minutes.

England retook the lead in the 31st minute, finding the endline with the ball for a second time to set up a simple tap-in for a 2-1 half-time advantage.

Eugene Magee levelled for a second time when he picked up fellow Dragon Geoff McCabe’s driven pass and promptly reversed home.

But two goals inside the last 13 minutes meant England took the bragging rights, the latter an Ashley Jackson thunderbolt. The sides face off again on Thursday at 1pm in what will be Paul Revington’s last warm-up game before his side flies out to Argentina.

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