Hockey: Ireland lack cutting edge
HOCKEY: Ireland played Poland in their opening match of the Five Nations in Paris yesterday afternoon, with the finishing touch frustratingly evading them.
Ireland's approach play was top notch, with David Ames and Geoff McCabe excelling, but a superb performance by the Polish goalkeeper kept the Irish at bay.
In an exciting finish to the clash, Poland were awarded a penalty stroke in the 67th minute, which 'keeper David Harte saved, before Ireland won the final penalty corner of the day in the 69th minute.
Once again, the Polish 'keeper was on hand to keep his net clear.
Commenting after the game, Irish assistant coach Arul Anthoni said: "Hopefully we will continue managing our defence play like we did today. This particular defensive concept will take us forward as a team and we look forward to playing against France."
Ireland take on the French today at 5.0 Irish time.