Irish Masters get off to a great start
The Irish Over 40s, playing in Pembroke at 3.30, took a while to settle with Wales forcing a number of corners early on. But Ireland grew into the game scoring the first goal after 13 mins from a Gillian Garret deflection. They went 2 ahead just before half time when Ash Schutte scored after good work by Alison Gillan. Wales pressed in the second half but without reward and it was Ireland who increased their lead. Gillian Garrett returned to the pitch from the sin bin and scored the goal of the game with a reverse stick shot into the top corner of the goal.
Wales got a consolation goal 2 minutes from the end from a Tracey Bow shot. Ireland win 3-1. In the other match in the Over 40s section England beat Scotland 4-0. Ireland play Scotland on Saturday in Pembroke at 10.00am. To the strains of the Robbie Williams warm up band, the barbecue smoke and in the incessant rain Ireland Over 45s were unable to get full points against Wales at 6.30pm in Pembroke. It was Ireland who made the early running going 1-0 up by half time through a Tracey Skoyles penalty corner strike. Wales found the equaliser in the second half through a corner of their own.
Ireland went ahead again through another Tracey Skoyles penalty corner but Wales again equalised when they were awarded a stroke following a heavy tackle in the circle. Ireland pushed for the winner, with midfielder Joan Dobson leading the charge, but the score remained 2-2 at the final whistle. In the other match in the Over 45s group England beat Scotland 3-1. Ireland play Scotland on Saturday at 1.30pm In Pembroke.
The Ireland Over 50s played Wales at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD and got off to a dream start when Cathy Walsh scored a brace in the first 15 mins. The first following a perfect pass from Maggie Hunter and the second off a corner switch. Pat Stewart increased the lead from a rebound following good work by Dee Wallace and Helen Johnston put Ireland 4-0 up by half time from a corner strike. Angie Boran got Ireland's 5th finding the goal from the left side of the circle. Wales did not give up and were awarded a stroke which Eirian Fox converted. Ireland finished strong with Dymphna Hill getting a touch to score following a great run by Maureen Flavin. Ireland ran out 6-1 winners and face England in Railway on Saturday at 10.30am.
England and Scotland drew 0-0 in the other match in this pool.
(Words courtesy of Helen Johnston.)