England secured their first win of the 2018 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a gritty performance against Ireland.
Despite the quick turnaround and stifling humidity there was plenty of effort and endeavour on show as both Barry Middleton and Sam Ward scored with diving efforts to give England an two goal lead.
A penalty corner goal from Julian Dale threatened to get the Irish back in contention in the third quarter as the game began to open up.
But Ward and Middleton netted their second strikes in the final quarter – the latter after a superb run by Liam Sanford – to secure the three points.
Speaking after the match head coach Bobby Crutchley said: “We are very pleased with our improved performance in a game we dominated against a very good Irish side. There are still areas where we can improve, but overall we were much sharper and this sets us up nicely to face Argentina tomorrow.”
England next opponents are Argentina at 1000 GMT tomorrow, a game which you can watch on the FIH’s YouTube channel.
Starting XI: George Pinner (GK, C), Ollie Willars, Hannah Martin, Sam Ward, Phil Roper, Adam Dixon, Barry Middleton, Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, David Condon, Liam Sanford
Subs: Harry Gibson (GK), Henry Weir, Chris Griffiths, Ian Sloan, Mark Gleghorne, Liam Ansell, James Gall