Five-star first half powers Ireland to second Euro win

Girls EuroHockey Youth Championships II
Ireland 6 (S O’Loughlin 2, S Campbell 2, R Campbell, Z Wilson) Poland 0

Five first half goals saw Ireland win for a second successive game in the Under-18 Europeans to all but put them through to the semi-finals of the competition.

Ireland celebrate one of their goals.

Ireland celebrate one of their goals.

St Andrew’s Sally Campbell got the side off to a great start with a fifth minute opener. Sarah O’Loughlin made it 2-0 before a penalty stroke, off the back of a corner, from captain Zoe Wilson stretched the lead out further.

Rhianna Campbell, from Ellen Curran’s assist, got the fourth before creating the fifth for O’Loughlin to make it 5-0 at the break. Sally Campbell added her second in the final minute of the game after lovely link-up play with Ellie Noone.

Lithuania beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in the day’s other game, handing Ireland a three-point lead in the table going into their rest day. Ireland meet Lithuania on Thursday in Mori at 9am (CET) with a draw putting them through to the semis as group winners.

Ireland: C Cassin, R Campbell, S Campbell, T Hastings, A Hurst, K Larmour, R Mercer, E Noone, S O’Loughlin, L Tice, Z Wilson
Subs: E Curran, A Beatty, E Canning, Z Malseed, F McDermott, E Buckley

Poland: K Glowacka(GK), A Podlawska, A Plewa, P Reder, N Suszyńska, J Hyla, A Nowak, M Polewczak, K Purol, R Michałowicz(c), R Kubica

Subs: K Pohl (GK), P Chodakowska, A Kuzmecka, D Skoraszewska, JDemczuk, K Glowacka, N Lewińska

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