Saturday, March 10, 2012


The Irish hockey team is nicknamed the Green Machine and they showed that adding the word mean will be apt as they hammered Russia 6-1 in their opening match of the Olympic Qualifiers in Dublin.

It was a comprehensive win, but not a commanding performance as Ireland showed that they were vulnerable in defence.

And the Malaysian team will be optimistic against the Russians who looked unfit and unorganised.

Ireland hit the purple patch in the 15th and 16th minutes, scoring two goals inthe space of a minute.

First it was John Jermyn that found the back off the the net via a penalty corner in the 15th minute. And hardly had the cheers from the partisan fans died down that Ireland struck again inthe very next minute as Timothy Cocram scored to give Ireland a 2-0 lead.

They dominated the proceedings and made inroads but failed to make use of the opportunities created.

And out of the blues Russia reduced the deficit in the 24th minute via Ravshanzhon Zakirov.

At halftime the score stood at 2-1 in favour of Ireland and from the look of things it was going to be a close match.

But it was all Ireland as they scored at will with the Russians getting caught in defence as the Irish tran rings around them.

Michael Darling made it 3-1 in the 44th minute before Eugene Magee increased the lead in the 48th minute.

It was all Ireland after that as Conor Harte converted a penalty corner in the 56th minute to inctrease the scorline to 5-1 before Michael Watt scored three minutes later to make it 6-1.