Men’s Senior Celtic Cup
Ireland 4 (Ronan Gormley 2, Paul Gleghorne, Peter Caruth) Wales 0 Ronan Gormley’s first half double set the tone for another impressive Irish performance as they beat Wales 4-0 in Le Touquet this afternoon in sweltering heat.
They took eight minutes to get up and running, racing out of the blocks when Timmy Cockram's shot was stopped illegally en route to goal.
Skipper Gormley (pictured, left) – in his 99th international – netted a rare goal from the ensuing stroke. But he soon had his sixth international goal when Mitch Darling swiveled on the ball to cross for a sliding deflection from the captain.
Iain Walker kept out Wales’ best chance of the half, a 32nd minute drag-flick, and Ireland were in total control 30 seconds after the restart when Paul Gleghorne netted.
Peter Caruth scored two minutes from time to complete the win from a narrow angle from a corner’s second phase.
Speaking after the game, manager Peter Jackson said: "This was another good team performance in extremely hot weather and it was pleasing that the defence held strong conceding no goals."
The Irish now need just a point to keep the Celtic Cup in Ireland but could conceivably lose and still take the title after Scotland fought back from 2-0 down in the first 15 minutes of their tie against France to win 3-2. Goals from Adam McKenzie, Josh Cairns and Kenny Bain turned the tide.
Ireland: Iain Walker, Ronan Gormley, John Jackson, Conor Harte, Paul Gleghorne, Geoff McCabe, David Ames, Andy McConnell, Eugene Magee, Timmy Cockram, Mitch Darling, Subs: Joe Brennan, Chris Cargo, Alan Sothern, Peter Caruth, Phelie Maguire Not Used: David Fitzgerald, Alan Giles
Senior Men's Celtic Cup (Le Touquet, France) results:
Ireland 4 (R Gormley 2, P Gleghorne, P Caruth) Wales 0; Scotland 3 (A McKenzie, J Cairns, K Bain) France 2
Celtic Cup standings (points/goal difference):
1.Ireland 6pts (+6) 2. Scotland 3pts (-1) 3. Wales 3pts (-3) 4. France 0pts (-2)
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