Spain edge out Irish men; Carlisle debuts

Men’s Senior International
Ireland 1 (Chris Cargo) Spain 2 (Santi Freixa, Edi Tubau)

Drew Carlisle (pictured) came off the bench to earn his first international cap as Paul Revington continues to test out new faces in the Irish setup. They faced off against Spain in Santander in the first of their three game series, playing with just seven of the competitors who featured in the OQT.

Ireland got off to a decent start to the tie but Santi Freixa – the 2004 FIH Young Player of the Year – stole in to nab a 13th minute lead.

They went close to extending the margin from two penalty corners late in the half but their momentum was stalled when a floodlight failure delayed the game for over ten minutes.

Spain struck again through Ronan Gormley’s Club de Campo club mate with 17 minutes to go before Ireland got one back with ten to go.

John Jackson provided a top class delivery and Chris Cargo duly slotted home, making for a lively closing phase. But Ireland’s hopes of a leveller were denied, frustratingly so in the last seconds as a promisingly positioned free as an umpire’s admonishment to two players was not accompanied by a time stoppage.

The hooter beat them to the final play. Ireland will play again on Thursday afternoon at 1.45pm (Spanish time).

Ireland: David Harte, Jonny Bell, 
Jonny Bruton, Chris 
Cargo, Kenny 
Carroll, Davy 
Carson, Ronan 
Gormley, Conor 
Harte, John 
Jackson, Eugene 
Magee, Michael 
Watt
Subs: Jason Lynch, Shane O’Donoghue, Philip Brown, Stephen Cole, Drew Carlisle
DNP: David Fitzgerald, Ali Smith

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