Last quarter blitz earns Ireland second win over Canada

Men’s senior international test match
Ireland 4 (M Watt, J Bruton, T Cockram, K Shimmins) Canada 2 (G Johnson 2)
Three final quarter goals saw Ireland beat Olympic rivals Canada for the second time this week, running out 4-2 winners in Cape Town.

Timmy Cockram on the attack. Pic: Kent Locke

Timmy Cockram on the attack. Pic: Kent Locke

It transformed a 2-1 deficit after Gordon Johnson’s pair of drag-flicks threatened to undo Craig Fulton’s side. He had earlier given the caribous a first quarter lead that Mikey Watt cancelled out in brilliant fashion, getting on the end of a move instigated by Mitch Darling and Kyle Good.

Johnson reasserted the lead in the third stanza before Ireland found their mojo. Jonny Bruton crashed home a rebound after an initial penalty corner shot hit the bar and, moments later, Timmy Cockram had Ireland in front for the first time with a top finish after John Jackson’s sublime assist.

Kirk Shimmins complete the win with his second international goal – and second of the week – when he reacted first when Shane O’Donoghue’s flick was parried.

Ireland meet Canada again on Thursday evening before completing their tour with two matches against Belgium over the weekend. The caribous will be in Ireland’s group at the Olympics in Rio in August later this year.

D Fitzgerald (GK), C Harte, P Gleghorne, R Gormley, J Jackson, K Shimmins, S Cole, S O’Donoghue, K Good, M Darling, T Cockram, J Carr (GK), J Bell, M Bell, C Cargo, E Magee, M Watt, J Bruton.

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