Ireland top World League pool with Swedish romp

World League round one
Ireland 8 (J Jermyn 2, M Watt 2, A McConnell 2, T Cockram, C Harte) Sweden 0

A third successive comfortable win saw Ireland waltz into the second phase of the World League as John Jermyn, Mikey Watt and Andy McConnell all fired braces in Cardiff.

Friday and Saturday’s results meant Ireland needed just a draw against the winless, tournament low-ranked side to be assured of progression.

And, after an early corner concession, they duly pinned down the points with plenty of time to spare, leading 3-0 at the break. Timmy Cockram set the ball rolling before John Jermyn added a corner and a stroke to bring his tally to 84 international goals.

They were his fifth and sixth of the tournament, extending his lead at the top of the Irish goalscoring charts. Conor Harte picked off a his third corner of the tournament to make it 4-0 before Watt added a pair and Andy McConnell applied further gloss to the scoreline with two in the final ten minutes.

Topping the group means Ireland move a step closer to 2014 World Cup qualification, progressing through to the second round of the competition which will be played in early 2013. Austria took the other second round spot on offer, getting the better of hosts Wales on penalties after normal time saw the sides locked at 0-0, leaving the sides level on goal difference and points.

Ireland: D Fitzgerald, J Bell, K Carroll, R Gormley, J Bruton, J Jermyn, E Magee, P Caruth, M Darling, T Cockram, C Harte
Subs: T Smyth, P Gleghorne, J Jackson, B McCandless, A McConnell, M Watt, D Harte

World League, round one results: Ireland 8 (J Jermyn 2, M Watt 2, A McConnell 2, T Cockram, C Harte) Sweden 0; Wales 0 Austria 0,

Final standings: 1. Ireland 9pts (+17) 2. Austria 5pts (0) 3. Wales 4pts (-1) 4. Sweden 0pts (-17)

Women’s Challenge Match
Scotland 1 (Catriona Ralph) Ireland 0

Catriona Ralph’s goal handed Scotland the third game of the weekend with Ireland in Auchenhowie, taking the series 2-1 in the process. There was little to choose between the sides in the opening exchanges, but the hosts hit the front when a reverse-stick shot by Susan McGilveray was brilliantly deflected into the net off the crossbar by Ralph.

The second half proved a rather turgid affair with few chances to either side though Ireland had a last second chance to tie the game from an over-time penalty corner but it was kept at bay on a day when Scottish captain Linda Clement, became the most capped Scotland player with a total of 189 international caps

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