Sunday 26 February 2017

Hockey: Cockram brace ensures Irish conclude series on high note

David Medcalf

Timmy Cockram's last-second shot earned Ireland a dramatic 2-1 victory last night at UCD to end their four-match series against Malaysia on a high note.

After a draw and two defeats, coach Paul Revington played his strongest team against the visitors in the concluding fixture.

Malaysia welcomed Irish goalkeeper David Harte back into international action after injury with a stinging Muhammad Razie shot that rippled the net after just six minutes of play.

The setback proved to be Harte's final meaningful involvement of the evening's proceedings -- played late in deference to the Ramadan requirements of the Asian side.

The longer the game went on, the stronger Ireland pressed, with Cockram and Mitch Darling both striking the woodwork behind Ibrahim Kairuilnizam.

They had to wait until the hour mark before Geoff McCabe earned a hotly disputed penalty corner, converted by Cockram with a straightforward drag flick.

The winner also came at a set-piece, where Cockram had his initial effort blocked only for the rebound to fall kindly for him; he swept it home with verve.

Both sides are bound for Paris this week where they will meet in a five-nation tournament with Poland, Scotland and hosts France.

Irish Independent

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