Goal machine Jermyn fires last Irish salvo

Goal machine Jermyn fires last Irish salvo
John Jermyn, centre, singing the National Anthem with his team-mates. Picture: David Keane.

IT wasn't quite the fairytale ending as John Jermyn called time on his senior international hockey career at Garryduff last night.

He is one of Ireland’s most prolific goal scorers and has 178 senior caps and 93 goals, making him the top goal scorer in Irish hockey history.

He received his first cap in 2002 and played an instrumental role for the Green Machine over the next decade and a half, including scoring two memorable goals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

And last night he called time on his career at his home club and showed that he still has what it takes to play at the top level.

With just four minutes gone he was on the scoresheet to put Ireland in front, but the fairytale was somewhat spoiled by Etienne Tvnevez who equalised in the second-half as the game ended all square.

John Jermyn in action, during his last game for Ireland against France in Garryduff. Picture: David Keane.
John Jermyn in action, during his last game for Ireland against France in Garryduff. Picture: David Keane.

But last night was all about Jermyn and the large crowd that turned out to show their appreciation to his illustrious career with Ireland.

“It's the biggest crowd I have ever seen here and hopefully we will see more international games in Cork in the future. Personally just to have my home crowd here for my final game was just fantastic.

“Craig (Irish head coach) contacted me and said we would like to give you a swansong at your home pitch and I will always be appreciative of that. It was a bit tricky to play in, there was a lot of build-up and I haven't played a match in about two months and of course, it was also an emotional occasion for me.

“I appreciate every minute of the 16 years I have been playing with Ireland, some unbelievable memories and I have loved every minute of it. There have been highs and lows, but the top one was getting to play in the Olympics.” Jermyn also confirmed that he is not retiring from club hockey and will continue to play with Church of Ireland next year.

“I intend to play club hockey for the next few years, despite what some have been saying,” concluded John.

John Jermyn pictured with his dad, also John. Picture: David Keane.
John Jermyn pictured with his dad, also John. Picture: David Keane.

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