Magee hat trick sees Green Machine preparations sign off in style

Men’s senior international test match
Ireland 3 (E Magee) France 2 (G Baumgarten, E Tynevez)

A hat-trick from Eugene Magee saw Ireland beat France in the second of this two-match series at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club, signing off their FIH Series Final preparations in good style.

Eugene Magee enjoys his third goal. Pic: Billy Pollock

Magee put Ireland on the scoreboard early on with a goal in the second minute of play, in much better conditions than last Tuesday’s match. The Banbridge man earned his 280th cap in this match, extending his tally as the most capped Irish Hockey player, though that mantel could swap back to Shirley McCay next week as she sits on 278.

France’s Gaspard Baumgarten secured an equaliser in the 15th minute to end the quarter 1-1. The second quarter was marked by pressure from both teams, yet little clear cut goal scoring opportunities. France took the lead with a well-taken goal from Etiene Tynevez at 25 minutes, but Magee wasn’t long securing the equaliser.

A short corner for France provided little threat for Ireland ahead of the half-time whistle, with the Irish defenders standing strong to ensure the score remained 2-2.

Quarter three provided chances for both teams with Paul Gleghorne and Johnathan Bell, alongside Jamie Carr in goals, standing strong.

The final quarter of the match saw France’s Charles Masson receive a yellow card for poor tackle in the 51st minute while Eugene Magee was on fire again scoring his third goal of the match at 53 minutes.

It means a good finish for Ireland in their preparations for Le Touquet where their FIH Series Finals begin on June 15, winning three out of their four matches with one draw.

Ireland: D Harte, J Jackson, J Bell, E Magee, S O’Donoghue, S Murray, B Walker, D Walsh, P Gleghorne, L Cole, S Cole,
Subs: J Carr, M Bell, L Madeley, M Nelson, M Robson, N Glassey, C Harte.

France: A Thieffry, T Genestet, H Genestet, S Martin Brisac, B Rogeau, V Lockwood, C Masson, N Dumont, G Baumgarten, F Goyet, JB Forgues,
Subs: P van Straaten, A Bellenger, C Peters-Deutz, E Tynevez, T Ponthieu, M Branicki, C Saunier.

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