Thursday 21 September 2017

Hockey: Harvey fires Irish comeback

First Michelle Harvey found the net at a penalty corner with 10 minutes to go and then Chloe Brown hit the second
First Michelle Harvey found the net at a penalty corner with 10 minutes to go and then Chloe Brown hit the second

David Medcalf

Some of Ireland's forgotten women players were to the fore at Jordanstown as the home team staged a breathless comeback to salvage a 3-3 draw against Italy.

After a win and a draw, Darren Smith's charges looked doomed to defeat in the last of the three-match series as they paid dearly for a sluggish start.

They trailed 3-0 at half-time following a series of miserably misplaced passes and that remained the situation going into the final quarter.

Then up stepped a trio of strikers who were all overlooked by Smith for the recent winning campaign at the World League event in Dublin.

First Michelle Harvey found the net at a penalty corner with 10 minutes to go and then Chloe Brown hit the second.

Deirdre Duke then connected impressively with a volley as the ball came to her off the 'keeper's pads to level the game with a couple of minutes to spare.

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