Hockey - Experimental Ireland earn share of spoils
Ireland 1 Finland 1
An experimental Irish hockey team earned a commendable draw with France at Grange Road last night.
Coach Craig Fulton rested most of his San Diego-bound squad for the game.
With the rigours of Olympic qualification in mind, four debutants were included in the home line-up, and the newcomers quickly made themselves at home against a full-strength French team.
However, it was an established player who put Ireland ahead shortly before half- time.
Belgium-based Shane O'Donoghue (left) potted a penalty corner with a low flick.
The lead held good for 20 minutes before Jean-Laurent Kieffer scrambled home an equaliser past new cap goalkeeper Jamie Carr.
A more familiar green machine is expected to take the pitch tomorrow and again on Friday at the same venue.
IRELAND - S West, J Bell, L Cole, M Bell, S Cole, M Robson, K Good, J Bruton, P Gleghorne, D Carson, S O'Donoghue. Subs: S Brownlow, M Elliott, J Lorimer, L Chadwick, O Magee, P Brown, J Carr.