Hockey: McDonnell bags hat-trick as Irish gain revenge
Published 07/06/2011 | 05:00
Jean McDonnell's first international hat-trick earned a modicum of revenge for Ireland in Largs, Scotland yesterday.
Playing an experimental Scottish side, almost entirely overhauled from the one that beat the Irish 1-0 just 24 hours earlier, Gene Muller's side had it quite easy.
Nonetheless, the head coach was keen to emphasise the positives from his side's third international game in three days.
"We played with intensity and good technical execution; we combined well to score some great team goals" Muller said.
"This tournament was a fantastic lead into the Champions Challenge in Dublin later this month."
Ireland netted three times in each half, McDonnell scoring the first. The striker was one of two changes to Sunday's panel, coming in for Lisa Jacob.
Pamela Smithwick came in at goalkeeper for Emma Gray.
McDonnell doubled the lead after a Chloe Watkins' assist before Railway Union clubmate Emma Smyth netted the third.
McDonnell's hat-trick came five minutes into the second period, before Michelle Harvey scored her third drag-flick in three games. Alex Speers completed the rout.
Scotland will also be involved in the upcoming Champions Challenge.
Ireland-- P Smithwick, H Bowe, M Harvey, E Clarke, S McCarthy, S McCay, A O'Flynn, J O'Halloran, C Sargent, E Smyth, A Speers (capt). Subs: J McDonnell, C Watkins, A Connery, M Crowley, L Colvin.