Shane O’Donoghue brings his century up as Ireland thrash Singapore
O’Donoghue’s hat-trick helps his side leapfrog Scotland and Eygpt in Le Touquet
Shane O’Donoghue scored a hat-trick for Ireland against Singapore. Photograph: Inpho
The Templeogue man’s triple saw him pass 100 goals his country in an 11-0 mauling of Singapore saw Ireland leap above both Scotland and Egypt, availing a big helping hand from the Scots.
Crucially, first in the group allows the Green Machine to advance straight to the semi-finals, avoiding Thursday’s quarter-finals. Both semi-final winners will earn a place in next October’s qualifiers for Tokyo.
As Ireland warmed up, they received a big boost when they saw Scotland nab a last minute winner against Egypt which opened up the chance of taking first place on goal difference.
The target was a four-goal win and it took little time to eat into that target as O’Donoghue whizzed home the opening goal after just 45 seconds from a penalty corner.
He did not have long to wait for that to arrive, though, as he dragged in another corner two minutes after half-time for 6-0 and scored another before the end of the third quarter for good measure.
Harte and Stephen Cole added a few more with Luke Madeley and Lee Cole also weighing in. They now get to relax on the Pas-de-Calais coast for a couple of days before finding out who they meet in the final four.