Ireland hammer Czech Republic in Eurohockey decider

Shirley McCay set a new record for Ireland caps in the final
Shirley McCay set a new record for Ireland caps in the final

Ireland cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Prague to secure the Eurohockey Championships II title.

Shirley McCay, who was winning a record 209th cap, set up Katie Mullan for the opener and Megan Frazer made it 2-0.

Chloe Brown deflected in for Ireland's third and Naomi Carroll scored on the counter-attack before Emily Beatty netted and driving into the circle.

Ireland had already gained promotion to European hockey's top division by making Saturday's final.

The Irish ensured promotion by defeating Belarus 4-0 in Thursday's semi-finals after topping their pool with a 100% record.

That set up a final against the hosts, who Ireland beat 3-0 in the pool stage.

"To become the most capped female Irish player is an achievement I am extremely proud of," said McCay after the Prague triumph.

"Female athletes are gaining more recognition than ever before and I am delighted to be able to create history.

"Playing for Ireland has always been a gratifying and humbling experience for me and cap 209 was no different.

"I'm thrilled we could mark it with a win. We have shown immense character and mental resilience to do what we came to achieve and regain our A Division status."

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