International Friendlies

Keusters edges out Irish men once again

Keusters edges out Irish men once again

June 7, 2015 | 663 views | Leave a comment

Despite four goals in two days from Shane O’Donoghue, Ireland concluded their pre-Olympic qualifying warm-up games with a pair of losses to world number five side Belgium over the weekend.

Belgium see off Ireland despite O’Donoghue double

Belgium see off Ireland despite O’Donoghue double

June 6, 2015 | 700 views | Leave a comment

Despite a pair of Shane O’Donoghue goals that gave Ireland hope of a result, world number five side Belgium saw off Craig Fulton’s side 4-2 in Brasschaat in their latest World League 3 warm-up game.

Two changes for Fulton’s 20-player panel

Two changes for Fulton’s 20-player panel

June 2, 2015 | 1,186 views | Leave a comment

Two in, two out for the last pre-World League 3 Irish 20-player panel as Tim Cockram and Stu Loughrey step out while Three Rock Rovers pair Jonny Bruton and Mitch Darling return for a two-game series with Belgium.

Canada keep Ireland at bay to share Toronto series

Canada keep Ireland at bay to share Toronto series

May 27, 2015 | 323 views | Leave a comment

Canada clung on to a narrow 3-2 win over Ireland to earn their second win of the four-match series in Toronto, sharing this set of matches 2-2, completing the north American tour for Darren Smith’s side.

O’Flanagan marks 100th cap with key goal

O’Flanagan marks 100th cap with key goal

May 27, 2015 | 408 views | Leave a comment

Anna O’Flanagan marked her 100th cap with goal to help Ireland to a second successive win over Canada in Toronto, seeing them take a 2-1 lead in the four match series.

Daly ends streak with late winner in Toronto

Daly ends streak with late winner in Toronto

May 24, 2015 | 495 views | Leave a comment

Nicci Daly’s late goal saw Ireland earn their first win of their North American tour at the fifth attempt, beating Canada in Toronto in the second of their four match series.

Magee’s 200th marked by fine comeback

Magee’s 200th marked by fine comeback

May 24, 2015 | 431 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men marked Eugene Magee’s 200th cap with a memorable comeback as they came back from 3-1 down in Lille to draw their second game of two this weekend.

Canada shade tussle with Irish women in Toronto

Canada shade tussle with Irish women in Toronto

May 24, 2015 | 413 views | Leave a comment

Ireland fell to a 2-1 loss in their first test of a series with Canada at the newly inaugurated pitch at the University of Toronto where the Pan-American Games will take place.

France edge Ireland in game one in Le Touquet

France edge Ireland in game one in Le Touquet

May 24, 2015 | 344 views | Leave a comment

Simon Martin-Brisac’s solo goal saw France claim the honours from the first of their two games with Ireland this weekend, running up a 1-0 win in Le Touquet as preparations continue for World League 3.

Four-star USA complete series clean sweep

Four-star USA complete series clean sweep

May 22, 2015 | 392 views | Leave a comment

USA produced a strong a powerful performance to run up a third successive win by three goals to sweep their series at Spooky Nook, Pennsylvania.

US press provides plenty of lessons for Ireland

US press provides plenty of lessons for Ireland

May 20, 2015 | 715 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women fell to a second successive 3-0 defeat at the hands of the USA at Spook Nook, Pennsylvania, succumbing to a high press that they never fully got to grips with.

Good, Harte and Watt back for French series

Good, Harte and Watt back for French series

May 19, 2015 | 665 views | Leave a comment

Kyle Good and David Harte have returned to the Irish senior men’s panel following the conclusion of their club seasons in Belgium and the Netherlands, respectively.

Sharkey bites twice as US too good for Ireland

Sharkey bites twice as US too good for Ireland

May 19, 2015 | 551 views | Leave a comment

World number fives, USA, showed a clean set of heels to Ireland in their first match of three in Pennsylvania, managing a lightning-delayed tie at Spook Nook in smoother fashion.

Smith to step down after WL3 with Shaw moving up

Smith to step down after WL3 with Shaw moving up

May 14, 2015 | 1,638 views | Leave a comment

Darren Smith has announced he will step down as Irish senior women’s coach at the end of World League Round 3 in Valencia in June, the key qualifier for the Olympic Games, to return to his native New Zealand to be with his family.

Germany too strong in second half for Irish men

Germany too strong in second half for Irish men

May 12, 2015 | 813 views | Leave a comment

Ireland succumbed to a second half German onslaught to end their two-match series in Krefeld with a 6-2 loss. Jonny Bruton’s pair of first half goals had seen Craig Fulton’s side level at 2-2 toward the end of the first half but four goals saw the Olympic champions racing out of sight.

Sothern and Gormley’s fairytale landmarks ruined by late German strikes

Sothern and Gormley’s fairytale landmarks ruined by late German strikes

May 11, 2015 | 842 views | Leave a comment

Two goals in the closing four minutes saw Olympic champions Germany spoil Ronan Gormley’s 200th cap as they came from 2-1 down to beat Ireland 3-2 in Krefeld.

Gormley to become first Irishman to hit 200 caps

Gormley to become first Irishman to hit 200 caps

May 7, 2015 | 1,002 views | Leave a comment

Ronan Gormley is set to become the first Irish man to reach 200 international caps when he lines out for the national team against the Olympic champions, Germany, next Monday in Krefeld.

Billy Lynch called into extensive Irish men’s panel

Billy Lynch called into extensive Irish men’s panel

April 24, 2015 | 1,428 views | Leave a comment

Craig Fulton has named a panel closing in on 40 names to pick from for the coming months as the Irish men plot their assault on an Olympic ticket.

Smith trims panel to 20 for North American tour

Smith trims panel to 20 for North American tour

April 24, 2015 | 1,041 views | Leave a comment

Irish coach Darren Smith has named a squad of 20 to travel to the USA and Canada where they will play seven test matches in their final preparations for World League Round 3 in Valencia in June where the Olympic places will be decided.

Ireland strike three times in last 10 minutes to nick draw

Ireland strike three times in last 10 minutes to nick draw

April 19, 2015 | 553 views | Leave a comment

Darren Smith’s Ireland side produced a thrilling late comeback to earn a second successive draw against Italy at Jordandstown, coming from 3-0 down in the closing 10 minutes.