Il Trofeo Internacional – men’s senior international
Ireland 1(Ian Sloan) Spain 1 (Edi Tubau)
Ireland began their second warm-weather training camp with a third successive draw against a side in the world’s top five as they dug in defensively to give up few chances against Spain in Valencia.
It was the first fully capped game Paul Revington’s side have played in 2012, meaning Johnny Bell made his debut as one of three Lisnagarvey men who started on the bench.
They saw the side take a ninth minute lead when Eugene Magee cross from the left wing came invitingly to Ian Sloan to tap in from a couple of inches out at the back post – his first international goal.
Ireland’s advantage last until the 23rd minute when superstar Edi Tubau was left with room to manouvere on the edge of the circle and he cracked in a wonderful shot to the top corner past David Harte.
Harte saved brilliantly three minutes later but Ireland were solid from there on and almost nicked the result in the closing stages when Peter Caruth had two bites saved from mid-circle. Belgium will be played three times in the next few days in Valencia before meeting Spain for a second time next Monday.
Ireland: David Harte, David Ames, Chris Cargo, Mitch Darling, Paul Gleghorne, John Jackson, Stuart Loughrey, Eugene Magee, Michael Watt, Ian Sloan, Conor Harte Subs: Johnny Bell, Peter Caruth, Tim Cockram, Jason Lynch, Bruce McCandless
Fixture schedule (all in Valencia):
February 8: Ireland v Belgium, 12pm February 9: Ireland v Belgium, 12pm February 12: Ireland v Belgium, 4pm February 13: Ireland v Spain, 12pm
2 Responses to “Ireland draw once more with top five side”
February 7, 2012 2:50 am OzHockey says
I thought the purpose of the blue pitch in London was so that the TV camera’s could pick up the ball easier? I have just watched 10 minutes of almost impossible to view hockey, only realising where the ball was going when the other guy set up to stop or redirect the ball? Can I take it this is a one off and the Olympics will have better camera angles and be able to showcase hockey in a better way?
February 7, 2012 3:01 pm blimp says
Better cameras and better quality should fix that. You would hope they properly tested the viewing quality on TV before laying the pitch.
Launched in August 2007, The Hook has set out to provide news and information for hockey in Leinster. The site has developed since then to cover all levels of the sport in Ireland and beyond, providing stories on schools, club, interprovincial and international. Working in tandem with the superb Irish Hockey Photographers, The Hook aims to offer the best coverage of the sport in the province. Should you have any queries or suggestions, please email founder, Stephen Findlater, at firstname.lastname@example.org.