Cockram brace lifts Irish
Ireland 3 Spain 2
Two late strikes from Timmy Cockram propelled Ireland into a record-equalling fifth place at the European Championships in Monchengladbach yesterday.
The ice-cool Lisnargarvey man's penalty corner expertise gave the Irish victory over a Spanish team which is ranked No 5 in the world.
The result put the icing on a summer of high achievements by the Paul Revington coached side, which arrived in Germany after topping the podium at two top-class tournaments.
Yesterday's success was hard-earned in a match where all the scoring came from the corners.
Pau Quemada and Eugene Magee exchanged first-half goals before Santi Frexia found a way past Davy Harte on 40 minutes to put the Spanish ahead for the second time.
As the action switched to the other end of the pitch, Chris Cargo, Geoff McCabe and Paul Gleghorne all went close before Cockram stepped up to the mark on 64 minutes.
Nominated to take the shot as John Jermyn was resting on the bench, he bamboozled goalkeeper Francisco Cortes to make it 2-2.
And, as their opponents ran into sin-bin problems and had just nine players on the park, Cockram repeated the dose with lethal accuracy two minutes from time.
Ireland -- D Harte, J Jackson, G McCabe, R Gormley, M Watt, E Magee, M Darling, T Cockram, D Ames, P Gleghorne, C Harte. Subs: C Cargo, J Brennan, J Jermyn, A McConnell, I Sloan.