Eurohockey Championships II: Ireland earn promotion to top flight

Ireland celebrate after beating Belarus in their Eurohockey Championships II semi-final
Ireland celebrate after beating Belarus in their Eurohockey Championships II semi-final

Ireland have earned promotion to the top division of European hockey by beating Belarus to make the semi-finals of the Eurohockey Championships II.

Naomi Carroll scored Ireland's first goal in the eighth minute, her fourth goal of the tournament from a tap-in.

Megan Frazer added the second and Shirley McCay made it 3-0 in Prague after sweeping the ball goalward during a penalty corner routine.

The fourth came courtesy of Chloe Brown to secure promotion to Division A.

McCay equalled Nikki Symmons's record as the most capped woman in Irish hockey history by winning her 208th cap.

"We're happy with the result and the performance. We controlled the phases well and created a lot of chances," said Ireland coach Graham Shaw after the match.

"We set a target of gaining promotion back to A Division which is very important for us as a group going forward. We are delighted with achieving that and are looking forward to the final on Saturday."

Ireland, who won all three of their pool games to make the semi-finals, will play in the final at 14:15 BST on Saturday.

Ireland Team: McFerran, Brown, Mullan, McCay, Frazer (C), Carroll, Pinder, Watkins, Daly, Matthews, Sargent

Subs: Davis, O'Byrne, Lloyd, Duke, McDonald, Meeke, Beatty.

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