Ireland too good for USA on final day in Malaga

Five Nations Invitational
Ireland 4 (Alan Sothern, John McKee, Peter Caruth, Neal Glassey) USA 2 (Sean Cicchi, Aki Kaeppeler)
Ireland finished their five nations tournament with a comfortable win against USA, making it three wins from four in Malaga.

The opening quarter was a dull affair with no clear cut chances for either side with Ireland turning over a lot of possession. Ireland dominated for large parts of the second quarter with the only goal in the 20th minute.

It followed a quick free from the back playing the ball through midfield with the final pass from Peter Caruth across the circle with Matthew Nelson getting the first touch which drew a save from the US keeper but Jonny McKee was on hand to finish.

The third quarter was all Ireland with goals from Caruth and the 50th cap boy Glassey in the 42nd and 43rd minute to send them in with a comfortable 3-0 lead at the end of the quarter.

USA did get on the score sheet from their second corner of the game with Aki Kaeppeler on target, beating Jamie Carr and the line player with a drag. Alan Sothern, playing in his first game of the tournament, scored Ireland’s fourth from open play in the 55th minute before USA scored their second from a corner, roofed by Sean Cicchi a minute later

Ireland: J Carr, J Bell, S O’Connor, C Cargo, A Sothern, P Caruth, N Glassey, S O’Donoghue, M Robson, P Gleghorne, S Loughrey
Subs: M Ingram, M Bell, S Murray, J McKee, M Nelson, S Cole, L Cole

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