Despite heavy rain, Ireland got off to a great start at the UCD 4 Nations Cup when the secured a 4-2 victory over China on Monday.
Ireland got off to a flying start and attacked from the off, with pacey runs from midfield setting up numerous goal scoring opportunities.
Their hard work finally paid dividends in the 18th when John Jermyn slotted home his trademark drag flick after Watt did well to secure the penalty.
The match ensued in an end to end fashion, but Ireland always looked the more likely to score and doubled their lead through Phelie Maguire who tapped in a cross from Timmy Cockram.
Just five later Ireland Michael Watt fired home a perfect reverse stick shot from the top of the circle to make the score 3-0 to the Irish.
China had their best chance to score in the final minutes of the half, but Ireland took full advantage of a counter-attack and made no mistake when Cockram slotted home the fourth goal.
The second half was a completely different story as Ireland were forced onto the back foot as China found ways to penetrate through what had been a solid Irish defence.
They were rewarded for their efforts when they scored twice through Na Yubo and Liu Yixian. Ireland's defence did well to soak up the pressure in the latter stages of the game, keeping their lead in tact despite a few nervy moments nervy moments. However, Ireland held on to victory and despite not continuing their first half form secured a great start to this tournament.
Ireland 4 (4)
John Jermyn 18th (pc); Phelie Maguire 23rd (op); Michael Watt 27m (op); Timothy Cockram 35m (op)China 2 (0
) Na Yubo 46m (op); Liu Yixian 64th (pc)
Irish Hockey Association media release