Ballsbridge énergie Fitness Match Series
Ireland 1 (K Good) Korea 1 (J J Lee)
Ireland shared the spoils with Korea in the second Ballsbridge énergie Fitness Match Series, adding the draw against the world number nine side to Tuesday’s 5-2 victory at the Merrion Fleet Arena.
Kyle Good’s first half goal was cancelled out by Jung Jun Lee after the big break before a helter-skelter closing phase saw both teams go close to win the tie.
The first quarter was low-key with the majority of play between the 23m lines but the tie livened up at time pushed on. Chris Cargo’s lovely piece of skill opened the door for the first shot in anger but he fizzed just wide in the 22nd minute.
Korea replied by winning a couple of corners, Hyosik You hitting the post with one of their efforts. But, like in the first test, Ireland were at their most dangerous on the counter and scored from a Korean corner, breaking out to Timmy Cockram whose delicious cross was turned in by Kyle Good – a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The visitors replied midway through the third quarter via Jung Jun Lee’s lovely touch from a fourth Korean corner at the injector’s spot.
They had more of the play in the final quarter with goalkeeper David Fitzgerald making two crucial interventions while Jonny Bell, captain for the evening, saved a fifth corner chance off the line.
Mitch Darling and Gareth Watkins almost combined to nick the result while John Jermyn clipped the post with two minutes to go, denying a would-be winner.
Fitzgerald, en route to the man of the match title, made one last save to secure the draw.
The third game in the series takes place on Saturday afternoon at 2pm before the sides play final test on Sunday at 2pm, all at the Merrion Fleet Arena.
Ireland: D Fitzgerald, J Bell, R Gormley, C Cargo, J Jermyn, P Caruth, M Bell, D Carlisle, M Darling, T Cockram, P Gleghorne
Subs: G Watkins, E Magee, N Glassey, K Good, S Loughrey, L Cole, D Harte
Korea: D-P Hong, J Seo, S You, N Lee, D-Y Lee, J Yang, M Jung, M Kang, J-J Lee, J S Bae, H You
Subs: T-I Hwang, J-H Kim, J Kim, Y Lee, W-H Seo, J Kim