McDonnell hat-trick smashes Scots

Women’s Hockey – International friendly: Scotland 0 Ireland 6 (J McDonnell 3, E Smyth, M Harvey, Alex Speers)
Jean McDonnell’s first international hat-trick earned a modicum of revenge for Ireland as they ended a three-game losing streak against Scotland, winning 6-0 in Largs.

Playing a largely experimental Scottish side, almost entirely overhauled from the side that beat the Irish 1-0 24 hours earlier, Gene Muller’s side were scarcely troubled.

Nonetheless, the head coach was keen to emphasise the positives from his side’s third international tie in three days.

“We played with intensity and good technical execution; we combined well to score some great team goals. This tournament was a fantastic lead into the Champions Challenge in Dublin later this month.”

Ireland netted three times in each half, McDonnell scoring the first, deftly scooping over the Scottish goalkeeper. The striker was one of two changes to Sunday’s panel, coming in for Lisa Jacob while goalkeeper Pamela Smithwick swapped in for Emma Gray.

McDonnell doubled the lead from Chloe Watkins’ assist before Railway Union club mate Emma Smyth netted the third after McDonnell’s initial effort rebounded off the post.

Her hat-trick came five minutes into the second period, finishing off the impetus created by Audrey O’Flynn and Smyth. Michelle Harvey scored her third drag-flick in three games before Alex Speers completed the rout.

Ireland: Pamela Smithwick, Hannah Bowe, Lizzie Colvin, Aine Connery, Miriam Crowley, Michelle Harvey, Emma Clarke, Sinead McCarthy, Shirley McCay, Jean McDonnell, Audrey O’Flynn, Julia O’Halloran, Cliodhna Sargent, Emma Smyth, Alex Speers (capt), Chloe Watkins

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