Hockey - Davy Harte keeps his cool to inspire Ireland
Goalkeeper Davy Harte stayed cool in the tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur as Ireland registered their first victory at the Champions Challenge tournament.
The lanky Corkman saved Japanese striker Kei Kawakami's second-half penalty while the match at Kuantan was still scoreless.
Then Alan Sothern nicked a late winner to raise Irish morale after narrow weekend defeats by New Zealand and Poland.
The result earns Craig Fulton's squad a quarter-final tie tomorrow against France, with the winners remaining on course to earn medals at the world ranking event.
The Irish women, in the cooler surroundings of Glasgow, meet the United States in their Champions Challenge today at 11.30 seeking their first win after a couple of draws
Ireland – D Harte, J Jackson, J Bell, M Elliott, A Sothern, S Dowds, E Magee, K Shimmins, D Carlisle, Phillip Brown, P Gleghorne. Subs: C Cargo, M Bell, B McCandless, M Robson, R Shaw, Peter Brown, D Fitzgerald.