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
2 Responses to “Spain edge out Irish men; Carlisle debuts”
June 12, 2012 10:34 pm player says
is there a list anywhere of the numbers of players per club to represent Ireland for Men and Women?
That would be an interesting list to see for sure!
June 13, 2012 12:26 am Leinster supporter says
Fair play to Paul in his squad selection and the opportunities of caps he offers young upcoming players. It’s so important to encourageyoung players to make that extra commitment to hockey and this is encouraged by the opportunity of an international cap. When I played hockey it was virtually impossible to get a cap unless u were from the north. U had guys in their late thirties holding on in the Irish team with a mgmt structure that didn’t want change or acknowledge young talent. This all changed when passmore came and his squads were more reflective of the talent inthe whole country. It always takes someone from outside to bring change and a new perspective. Revs has not continued what passmore started, but he has extended hockey reach to all and provided a vision and in some cases a dream. It’s a pity he wanted to go cause he’s going to be difficult to replace
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