Field Hockey Canada > Series shifts to Dublin after host Ireland takes first two games

After scoring the first goal in the early minutes, Canada’s Men’s National Team dropped the second match of a four-game series with Ireland Friday in Belfast.

Playing in his first international game for Canada, Floris van Son scored in the 2nd minute of play to give the Canadians the first goal of the match and its first goal in two games.

The lead was short lived, however, as in the 9th minute Ireland was awarded its first penalty corner of the match.

After going scoreless on eight corner attempts in the first match of the series Thursday, the home side converted on its first chance Friday thanks to a drag flick from Shane O’Donoghue which beat Canadian keeper Antoni Kindler, who was making his first start of the trip.

The game was tied at one after the first quarter and, in the second, O’Donoghue picked up his second of the match also on a corner.

The two goals on the set piece were all the Irish would need to secure the victory. The series now moves to Dublin for two matches on June 12 (2:00pm local time/6:00am PT/9:00am ET) and June 14 (11:00am local time/3:00am PT/6:00am ET).

After completing the series against Ireland, Canada will head to Madrid for three matches against Spain.