England and Ireland split two-game series in Dublin

England conceded two second half goals to lose to hosts Ireland in a hard-fought and physical second hockey test match on Dublin on Saturday.

The visitors led 1-0 at half time through an Ashley Jackson corner (31mins), but a brace from Michael Watt (41, FG, 67, PC) tied the closely fought series. England took the first game 3-2 on Friday evening.
England coach Bobby Crutchley said: “We’re obviously disappointed with the result, but this has been a great opportunity to try out a number of different options ahead of the Investec London Cup and the Commonwealth Games.
“We will learn plenty from our second half performance today, that I am sure that will benefit us in the long term.”
Ireland pulled level six minutes into the second half. The ball was dribbled along the base line and lifted in towards Iain Lewers. Watt pounced to smash home while others hesitated anticipating a whistle.
The match remained level until Ireland won a late penalty corner which was slipped in and deflected home by Watt again.