Ireland off to a winning start at Mossley

Ireland's Jamie Wright is tracked by Scotland's Michael McKenzie. Photo:Presseye

Ireland's Jamie Wright is tracked by Scotland's Michael McKenzie. Photo:Presseye

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Ireland got off to a winning start in the U21 ‘4 Nations’ at Mossley Hockey Club this evening, defeating Scotland by 5-1. The conditions were far from ideal as snow started to fall.

Ireland were 3-0 up at half-time with goals from Matthew Bell and two from Kirk Shimmins - one of which was a penalty stroke awarded just on the half-time hooter.

Scotland got themselves back into the game early in the second session when Jack McKenize finished nicely.

Ireland were always in control and extended their lead after nice work from John McKee set up Irish skipper Nick Burns who finished smartly.

The fifth and final goal was from Ireland’s sixth penalty corner of the game when a Matthew Bell strike was tipped at the near post by Jamie Wright.

Ireland played out the half to finish comfortable winners over the Scots.

The second game of the day between England and Germany was postponed as the snow continued to fall.

Fixtures (Wednesday, February 12): 17.00 Germany v Scotland; 19.00 Ireland v England.