Fresh-faced Ireland land Argentina draw

Senior men’s international challenge match
Ireland 2 (T Cockram, K Good) Argentina 2 (L Vila, G Peillat)

Sean Murray and Jonny McKee made their Irish debuts as a fresh-faced Ireland drew with Argentina 2-2 in the third tie of their series in Dublin.

They made seven changes from Friday evening’s 6-3 loss with Stephen Cole, Lee Cole, Luke Chadwick, Drew Carlisle and Jamie Carr also coming in to the match day 18.

And the young squad, ably marshaled by John Jackson, Paul Gleghorne and Timmy Cockram, got off to the ideal start with a goal inside the opening few minutes.

Jackson earned the men in green a corner and Cockram drove the ball low into the bottom left. Argentina equalized when they capitalized on an Irish error with Lucas Vila the beneficiary.

The albiceleste controlled possession for the most part while the trio of Neal Glassey, Matthew Bell and Michael Robson led the way for Ireland with Tomas Santiago making a couple of key saves to keep it at 1-1 until half-time.

Peillat put the visitors in front with another hard drag-flick – his fifth goal in three games – to make it 2-1 and Argentina went close to a third in the closing quarter but for an excellent Jamie Carr stop after he was introduced.

Ireland got back on terms when Kyle Good showed great reactions to tip home Cockram’s deflection after intuitive link up play by Robson and Glassey.

The game ended with a flurry of cards, two yellows for Argentina and a green for Robson but there were to be no more goals and the young Irish team finished the series with a 2-2 draw against the World Cup bronze medalists.

Ireland: D Fitzgerald, J Jackson, S Cole, J McKee, T Cockram, N Glassey, M Bell, M Robson, K Good, P Gleghorne, S Loughrey
Subs: L Cole, L Chadwick, S Murray, D Carlisle, J Bruton, J Carr

Argentina: T Santiago, G Peillat, J Gilardi, P Ibarra, L Rey, M Paredes, J Menini, L Vila, I Ortiz, J Lopez, M Rey
Subs: D Paz, F Oleastro, M Brunet, A Mazzilli, L Rossi, J Sabaz

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