EHF: Ukraine, Ireland, Italy and Scotland off to strong start in Dublin

The senior EuroHockey Championship summer got under way in Dublin with the men’s second tier seeing Ukraine, Ireland, Italy and Scotland all winning well. Here’s a round-up of the action:

Men’s EuroHockey Championship II (Dublin Ireland)

Pool A

Ukraine 6 Portugal 3

Three Andrii Koshelenko strokes underpinned a lively 6-3 win for Ukraine over Portugal to get them started in great style. Koshelenko’s first of four goals in the game was from a corner before his first stroke made it 2-0.

Bohdan Kovalenko extended the lead to three before Portugal fought back via José Santos and Vasco Ribeiro, reducing it to 3-2 but Maksym Onofriiuk put daylight between the sides at half-time and Koshelenko’s second stroke stretched out a 5-2 lead.

David Franco replied once again but Koshelenko’s third stroke and fourth goal completed the victory.

Ireland 9 Czech Republic 0

The hosts served notice of their intent with a comprehensive 9-0 win over the Czech Republic with six different goalscorers.

After a scoreless first quarter, captain Sean Murray finished off a great team move to get the ball rolling. Ben Walker cracked in a reverse for the second and then Murray added one more before half-time.

John McKee and Jeremy Duncan also weighed in before two set piece goals from Lee Cole extended the lead. McKee and Ben Johnson completed the rout.

Pool B

Italy 4 Türkiye 0

Italy got the tournament up and running with a comfortable 4-0 win over Türkiye. It took just 19 seconds for them to register a goal as they profited from some loose passing in the teeming rain to set up Francois Sior for 1-0.

Juan Munafo’s spectacular deflection made it 2-0 just before half-time and then Felix Dionisi Vici stretched the lead to three with a cool finish after a long overhead into the circle. Manuel Mondo’s corner added the confidence of a good result.

Scotland 3 Switzerland 0

The new look Scotland fielded five debutants and got off to a great start with one of those newcomers, Keir Robb, scoring amid a scramble for 1-0, 16 minutes after he made his entrance into the game.

And they had a healthy half-time lead with a brilliant counter goal. Turning over possession, an overhead pass found Alan Forsyth through on goal – the striker selflessly laid off for Jamie Golden to sweep home. Struan Walker got the third in the third quarter.

** All games are being broadcast on www.eurohockeytv.org

by European Hockey Federation

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