Record-breaker Magee helps Ireland to win
Eugene Magee became the Irish hockey record cap holder as the team crushed Fiji 13-0 in the World League 2 in New Delhi this afternoon.
Magee won his 164th cap in the game while Banbridge’s Peter Brown scored his first goal at this level.
The result was never in doubt today as Ireland raced into a 5-0 lead in the first half through goals from Mitch Darling, Brown, Pheile Maguire, Chris Cargo and fittingly new record appearance holder Magee.
Ireland’s second half performance was equally efficient and more success with their penalty corners allowed the Green Machine to rack up goals to their tally.
For the second time in two days, Pembroke Wanderers’ Alan Sothern grabbed a hat-trick while team-mates Cargo, Shane O’Donoghue, Geoff McCabe and Conor Harte (2) found the goals the Green Machine’s play deserved.
A sterner test await them in Thursday’s match with India before games with Oman and China.
Ireland coach Andrew Meredith was happy with his side’s performance and goal tally.
He said: “I'm very pleased with the result. While the three points is the most important thing, scoring 13 goals is rare in an international match.
“Credit must go to the midfielders and strikers for creating a lot of opportunities and having a high percentage of positive outcomes.
“Individually there were some much more consistent performances, which were exceptional in the circumstances that five players had been ill in the last 24 hours.”
Ireland XI: Fitzgerald, Jackson, Gormley, C. Harte, Loughrey, Cargo, Magee, McCabe, Watt, O'Donoghue, Carson