BBC Sport - Ireland beat Canada in Olympic Games warm-up encounter at Stormont
Irish beat Canada in Rio warm-up game
- From the section Hockey
Ireland beat Canada 2-1 at Stormont on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series which is serving as a warm-up for the Rio Olympics.
The visitors went ahead with an early goal from Foris Van Son but two clinical strikes from Shane O'Donoghue at penalty corners gave Ireland a 2-1 lead at half-time, one that wouldn't relinquish after the interval.
The two teams will meet again in Dublin on Sunday and Tuesday after which the next time they face each other will be in the Pool stages of the Olympics in August.
BBC Sport NI's Nigel Ringland spoke with Ireland coach Craig Fulton after the match.
Meanwhile the Great Britain side that includes Northern Ireland's Iain Lewers, Mark Gleghorne, David Ames and Ian Sloan drew 0-0 with the world's top-ranked side Australia in the opening game of the Champions Trophy in London.