INSEP Five Nations, Ireland 2 (John Jermyn, John Jackson) France 0
Ireland claimed yet another huge success as they won their third piece of silverware of the summer last Sunday, this time adding the not inconsiderable INSEP Five Nations title to the Champions Challenge and Celtic Cup.
Indeed, it was the highest quality line-up Paul Revington’s side has faced this summer, entering the competition as the lowest world ranked side, out-pointing world number ones Australia with three wins.
They put themselves in position with Saturday’s 2-0 success against France, adding to Friday’s 4-1 success over Argentina. Allied to a 4-4 draw between Korea and Australia, it meant the South Americans needed an eight-goal success against Korea but fell 2-1, handing the title to the Irish for another huge psychological boost before the European championships.
It was Ireland’s fourth win over France this summer but this was one of the cagier battles between the sides, taking a while to catch light. Peter Caruth had the best of the earlier chances while Eugene Magee shot a corner wide only for John Jermyn to add to his international tally with the last touch of the half, picking a spot high to the top left.
Ian Sloan’s great run and vision saw Mitch Darling go close in the second half before John Jackson – with his first senior goal – got the insurance strike in the 50th minute, pouncing on a loose ball to sweep home.
Dave Fitzgerald, in for David Harte, kept his sheet clean with a fine corner save ten minutes from time, ensuring the 2-0 win.
Speaking about the win directly after the game, Revington reflected on what he viewed as a slightly under par showing: “The overall performance was not as strong as the previous three games which was a little disappointing but pleased we created several good chances.
“We have taken away several positive steps around our team and individual performances this week but still frustrated we did not produce a higher standard against Australia.”
His French counterpart, Scott Goodheart, added that is was a low key affair: “We had too many players who did not play well. We made poor decisions with the ball, and we were too passive in both defence and attack.”
INSEP Five Nations
Day Five results: Ireland 2 (John Jermyn, John Jackson) France 0; Korea 4 Argentina 4
Day Six results: Argentina 1 Korea 2; Australia 6 France 2
Final standings: 1. Ireland 9pts (+7) 2. Australia 7pts (+5) 3. Korea 7pts (0) 4. Argentina 6pts (-2) 5. France 0pts (-10)