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Irish Women's Hockey Team keep road to Tokyo on track

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

03:45 15 Jun 2019


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The Irish Women’s Hockey team have taken a further step towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Girls in Green sailed into the F-I-H Series final with a convincing 4-0 win over the Czech Republic at Banbridge today.

First half goals from Zoe Wilson and Shirley McKay along with second half strikes from Sarah Hawkshaw and Anna O'Flanagan secured the win.

Last year's World Cup finalists have been in fine form in the tournament, and qualified for the semi-final thanks to a comprehensive 11-0 victory over Singapore at the beginning of the week.

They’ll now face the winner of Korea and Malaysia’s semi-final that takes place this afternoon.

Speaking afterwards Shirly McCay said afterwards they “enjoyed the game, stuck to their guns when they had a game plan they wanted to implement…we showed good character and got the goals.”

She added that they were “looking forward to tomorrow…from a momentum and rankings point of view we want to do as much as we can to get the win and build the confidence.”

The goal-scorer also acknowledged the crowd support at the Ulster venue saying they “deserve so much plaudits and we need them again tomorrow.”

They're now assured of an Olympic play-off tie later this year.

Earlier today, the Irish men's team defeated Scotland 4-2 in their first round game.

Eugene Magee scored twice with Shane O'Donoghue and Michael Robson also on target.

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