Senior men's international (Cookstown) Ireland 3 (Timmy Cockram, Andy McConnell, Chris Cargo) France 1 (Guillaume Deront)
Ireland’s men produced another slick, fast-flowing performance to dispatch France 3-1 last night in the first senior international to be played at Cookstown’s new Coolnafranky facility.
Timmy Cockram (pictured) linked up brilliantly with David Ames – who impressed throughout – to score the only goal of the first half. Den Bosch-bound Mitch Darling hit a post soon after the break before Andy McConnell scored his first international goal in the 57th minute following further tidy interplay to make it 2-0.
Guillaume Deront pulled one back soon after but Chris Cargo sealed the tie after Alan Sothern’s dummy created the chance.
France brought a much stronger selection to Ireland than the side that capitulated 7-0 last Sunday in Le Touquet but Paul Revington’s men were good value for the win in the first of a three match series. Ireland have now won five games in succession with a perfect record in 2010.
Ireland play again on Saturday and Sunday in Cookstown at 6pm on both days as part of the Junior Celtic Cup weekend.
Ireland: Iain Walker (YMCA); David Ames (Cookstown) Mitch Darling (Leuven); Ronan Gormley (Pembroke W); Conor Harte (Pembroke W); John Jackson (Mossley); Eugene Magee (Dragons); Geoff McCabe (Dragons); Andy McConnell (Pembroke W); Alan Sothern (Pembroke W); Michael Maguire (Three Rock Rovers) Subs: Chris Cargo (Reading); Peter Caruth (Annadale); Tim Cockram (Lisnagarvey); Alan Giles (Pembroke W); Joe Brennan (Glenanne)