Two goals in each half saw Ireland’s U-18s pick up another strong win in the EuroHockey Youth Championships II in Poland to stay in the mix for the promotion places.
Day two’s results saw the competition split evenly into three sides on six points and three yet to register with the top two sides to go up to the ‘A division’, making Ireland’s games next weekend against Poland and Russia vital.
After a quartet of penalty corners in the opening ten minutes, Ireland hit the front through Gary Wilkinson in the tenth minute. Harry Morris added a second a minute later to put Ireland well in control of the tie.
They did miss a penalty stroke for the second successive day – this time Luke Madeley seeing his effort denied – before the break but Lee Cole netted a corner in the 51st minute to extend the margin to three. Morris knocked in his second in the closing minutes as Ireland put in a more polished all round performance with Simon Wolfe named player of the match.
Ireland enjoy a rest day on Wednesday before facing Switzerland on Thursday, a side coming off the back of a 9-0 mauling at the hands of Russia. The Russians head the group on goal difference as a result but face a big test against the Poles on Thursday.
Ireland: G Adams, D Kane, M Robson, K Mullins, A Burns, L Cole, J McKee, M Loughrey, G Wilkinson, H Morris, L Madeley
Subs: J Lorimer, J Carr, B Cosgrove, S Wolfe, B Campbell
Wales: A McGlynn, J Rawlings, D Kyriakides, F McMahon, J Maclean, B Francis, R Furlong, M Harries, J Whitehouse, S Kaston, K Pullinger
Subs: A Bourn, R McGlynn, D Rawlings, T McGlynn, A Pye, L Hearne
EuroHockey Youth Nations Championships, Gasawa, Poland, Day 2: Ireland 4 (H Morris 2, G Wilkinson, L Cole) Wales 0; Russia 9 Switzerland 0; Poland 7 Italy 5
Standings: 1. Russia 6pts (+11) 2. Ireland 6pts (+10) 3. Poland 6pts (+4) 4. Wales 0pts (-6) 5. Italy 0pts (-8) 6. Switzerland 0pts (-11)
Thursday: Ireland vs Switzerland, 2pm
Saturday: Ireland vs Poland, 3pm
Sunday: Ireland vs Russia, 12.30pm.