Ireland complete WCQ build-up on a high

England 4 Ireland 4 (Alan Sothern 2, Conor Harte, Peter Caruth)
Paul Revington’s charges concluded their build-up to the World Cup Qualifers with a morale-boosting draw against recently crowned European champions England, denied the win only by Richie Mantell’s late equaliser.

That drag-flick concluded an exceptionally lively second half after an end-to-end first period had finished scoreless.

England took the lead in the 40th minute with a deflection but Conor Harte’s penalty corner tied the game up two minutes later. The Lilleshall hosts rebounded a smart Iain Walker save to restore the lead but Alan Sothern struck in the 50th and 51st minutes to give Ireland the lead for the first time.

England made it even for the third time in the game from a corner but Caruth and Cargo combined to dispossess the English defence inside the 25 with the Annadale man on hand to tap home Ireland’s fourth.

Mantell, though, struck inside the last minute to end a lively affair. Ireland return home today before departing for the World Cup Qualifiers in Argentina on Monday.

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