Friday 9 December 2016

Ireland hockey team keep Olympic dream alive

Ireland 4 Malaysia 1

Published 05/07/2015 | 13:40

The Irish mans hockey team
The Irish mans hockey team
Alan Sothern celebrates

The Irish mens hockey team are on track to qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Rio following a brilliant 4-1 win over Malaysia today in Antwerp.

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Following their 1-0 win over Pakistan during the week, the Irish knew that only a win would keep their hopes of qualifying for next year's Games alive.

Today's victory means they finished fifth in the World Hockey League and will be in Rio next year if results in the continental championships go their way.

The win over Malaysia was never in doubt with Good fired home from close range early on. Peter Caruth added a spectacular second with a shot from the edge of the circle as Ireland took a comfortable 2-0 lead into the end of the first quarter.

Although it was the Boys In Green who were making all the running, Irish keeper Davey Harte was called into action on a couple of occasions and made some fine saves.

Hero against Pakistan, Alan Sothern, was on target for Ireland's third when he scored after great play by Mitch Darling and Ireland were in cruise control.

Darling added Ireland's fourth when he deflected the ball in the Malaysian net late on. The Irish must wait on other results to see if they have done enough.

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