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England registered their first win in three matches after defeating winless Ireland 4-1.

 

 

With only one point to show before this match, courtesy of the 1-1 draw against India, England played much better and deserved the win,

 

The English failed to capitalise on four penalty corners that came their way, Barry Middleton’s 15th minute  conversion gave them a 1-0 lead.

 

England, after a rather  subdued second  quarter  picked up the pace in the third quarter and doubled the lead in the 37th minute. 

 

Phil Roper sent a powerful shot into the circle and Sam Ward steered the ball into goal.

 

Julian Dale, however, reduced the deficit for Ireland two minutes later from their second penalty corner, giving  goalkeeper George Penner no chance whatsoever.

 

 

Ward extended England’s lead to 3-1 in the 51st minute and Middleton added to the Irish misery by netting the fourth goal in similar fashion in the 59th minute.