Irish come agonisingly close to shocking Great Britain in World Hockey League Semi-final
Published 23/06/2015 | 14:23
Ireland battled back from a two goal deficit to record a 2-2 draw with Great Britian at the World Hockey League Semi-final in Belgium.
Barry Middleton opened the scoring for Great Britain after just five minutes when his cross was deflected in by Ireland's John Jackson before a cross-shot from Mark Gleghorn, facing brother Paul in the Irish team, was expertly deflected in by Chris Griffiths.
But from that point Ireland seized the initiative and after Jackson's penalty corner flick rebounded off the post, Kyle Good diverted in a cross from Mitch Darling.
Ireland's physicality threw their opponents off their stride and Jackson deservedly equalised in the 36th minute after continuing his run to the byline to volley home a loose ball. Watch Ireland's goals below:
GB goalkeeper George Pinner was by far the busiest in the final two quarters, producing one brilliant save to tip a penalty corner onto the post before blocking the rebound and also palming over Conor Harte's shot in the last minute.
Ireland take on Malaysia in their second fixture on Thursday.