Ireland and Canada draw a blank

Men’s senior international test match
Ireland 0 Canada 0
Ireland were held to a 0-0 draw by Canada as goalkeeper David Carter produced a stunning performance to keep the Green Machine at bay in the face of a late onslaught in Cape Town.

Mitch Darling presented with his 150th cap by Craig Fulton

Mitch Darling presented with his 150th cap by Craig Fulton

Carter is one of the five nominees – alongside Irish number one David Harte – for the world goalkeeper of the year for 2015 and showed his dexterity to deny a wealth of Irish chances, notably from Mikey Watt and Eugene Magee in the final throes.

Mitch Darling was awarded his 150th cap prior to the game but, beyond that, there was not much to get too excited about in a low-key first half.

Gordon Johnson went close for Canada from a corner, only to be denied by a combination of David Fitzgerald and John Jackson before Ireland pushed on. Neal Glassey had an effort ruled out while a series of corners – won by Gareth Watkins and Shane O’Donoghue – were kept out by Carter.

Ireland did suffer a series of sin-binnings to slow their progress but still won two corners at the death to win the tie. Both were brilliantly denied, keeping the scoreboard blank.

It was Ireland’s fourth tie this week against Olympic opponents Canada, ending the series with two wins and two draws. World number five Belgium are the next opponents on Saturday and Sunday in two tests to conclude this warm-weather training camp.

Ireland: D Fitzgerald (GK), P Gleghorne, J Jackson, J Bell, L Cole, M Robson, N Glassey, S O’Donoghue, M Darling (Captain), M Watt, A Sothern, J Carr (GK), C Harte, S Loughrey, D Carlisle, E Magee, K Good, G Watkins.

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