Thursday, February 14, 2008

Youth Internationals

Boys U-16: Ireland 4 England 4
The U-16s came back from a 4-1 deficit to draw their opening encounter with England at Belfield. They took the initial lead in the fourth minute through Philip Doyle's penalty corner. England, though, responded three minutes later to equalise before building commanding lead.

But Ireland were not content to sit back and responded with 15 minutes remaining through Stephen Dowds to pull back to 4-2.

And they continued attacking when Richard Sykes' excellent goal from play and Stephen Dowds strike on the hooter gave the Irish the draw.

Boys U-18: Ireland 2 England 5
Ireland's U-18 boys lost the first of their three match series against England U18's at Belfield.

England dominated the first half putting home five goals before the half time whistle. Ireland managed to regroup at half time and looked more controlled in the second half of the match.

In the 50th minute the Irish's more confident play paid off when an excellent reverse stick shot by Three Rock's Kyle Goode found the roof of the net to give Ireland their first goal. Eight minutes later Ireland were awarded a penalty stroke, which Dan Hobbs made no mistake about to close the match out 5-2.


Anonymous said...

Sykes goal was nothing short of spectacular!

Anonymous said...

And I could easily say the same about Kyle Good`s goal.

Anonymous said...

Goods wasnt anywhere near the class of sykes! Hit and hope!