Ireland give themselves renwed hope after beating Canada in their Rio 2016 hockey clash

Craig Fulton's side had lost their three previous matches

Peter Caruth, Ireland, hockey

Ireland's Peter Caruth celebrates scoring their third goal ©INPHO/James Crombie

Team Ireland have picked up their first win of the Men's Olympic Hockey tournament.

Craig Fulton's side beat Canada 4-2, having lost their first three matches.

The result means Ireland are now fifth in Group B on three points from four games, with a match against fourth-placed Argentina in Group B to come on Friday.

Ireland got off to a fast start against Canada with two Shane O'Donoghue penalty-corners putting Fulton's side in control with a 2-0 lead. 

Peter Caruth converted an effort at the far post to put Ireland 3-0 up and coasting towards victory.

But Canada fought back with two goals of their own to set up a nervous finish for Ireland.

However, breathing space was restored by Mitch Darling who added a fourth.

Ireland play Argentina on Friday.