Investec London Cup: Ireland 1 (T Cockram) Scotland 1 (K Bain)
Timmy Cockram’s goal 30 seconds from full time salvaged a draw for Ireland’s men against Scotland at the Investec London Cup this evening, keeping them in good shape to reach Sunday’s final.
It was still a comedown, though, after back to back wins over sides that played in the recent World Cup with Scotland ranked ten places below Ireland in the world.
They struggled to break through the defences of goalkeeper Jamie Cachia, who had a superb game, while Kenny Bain’s 14th minute goal gave the Scots the lead, firing home on his backhand.
Eager to equalise, Ireland gave a strong effort but Cachia refused to let anything past him; the score finished 1-0 heading in to the break. Craig Fulton’s side continued to press in the second half, with notable attempts from Jonathan Bell and Alan Sothern, but they were unable to convert their chances.
With just a minute left on the clock, Ireland made one last attempt at goal and were finally rewarded. A well-put pass from Michael Watt allowed Timothy Cockram to score the last second equaliser, bringing the final score to 1-1.
It leaves Ireland on four points from their two games to date and a draw against hosts England on Saturday will probably guarantee them a place in Sunday’s final as England smashed South Africa 7-0 in the evening game.
Commenting after the match, coach Fulton said “We created some good attacking phases, credit to Scotland who really made it difficult for us but our belief and never say die attitude saw us through to draw the game in the last 30 seconds. I am proud of the teams performance”.
Ireland captain John Jackson echoed his thoughts: “I’ll pay credit to Scotland, they are naturally a dogged side and very tough to break down. I think we were deserving of at least a draw in that game. It’s a shame our goal didn’t come a bit sooner so we could push for the three points.”
Investec London Cup, Olympic Legacy Park
Results: Ireland 1 (T Cockram) Scotland 1 (K Bain); England 7 South Africa 0
Standings: 1. England opts (+13) 2. Ireland 4pts (+2) 3. Scotland 1pt (-6) 4. South Africa 0pts (-9)
Saturday: South Africa vs Scotland, 9.45am; Ireland vs England, 12pm
Sunday: Classification match