Four for Naomi Carroll as Ireland hit Turkey for 13

Ireland proved far too strong for Turkey to complete their World League 2 pool games with a huge 13-0 win, with Clare woman Naomi Carroll netting four times at Belfield.

Emma Smyth weighed in with her first international hat-trick, while Megan Frazer scored twice, with Katie Mullan, Anna O’Flanagan, Nikki Evans and Aine Connery also chipping in.

It sets up a quarter-final date with Lithuania tomorrow after the tournament hosts completed their group phase with three wins from three in this section of the Olympic qualifying process.

Win that and they will have two shots at reaching the top three of the competition which means they will progress to World League 3 where the Olympic places are decided.

Ireland coach Darren Smith: “It was great for the girls to score a few goals and I thought we did some good things today. It was a good day. It keeps our form going into the crunch end of the tournament on Thursday which will be a tough game against Lithuania. From there, we play the winner of Ukraine and Belarus possibly on Saturday so there is two big games coming up. Hopefully, we can do a good job with the tail end of the tournament.”

Domestically, Cork C of I completed a treble by adding the Munster Senior Cup to the league and Peard Cup crowns by seeing off Bandon 2-1 in a low-key final at Garryduff. Stephen Sweetnam tickled a reverse into the corner before John Jermyn battered home a short corner with six minutes remaining, before Ali Smith grabbed a consolation for Bandon from the penalty spot in the dying minutes.


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