Sunday 25 September 2016

Indians pile on agony for Irish

Published 29/06/2016 | 02:30

The Green Machine got off to an encouraging start in the Spanish heat when Kyle Good made the most of John Jackson’s cross from the left on 11 minutes to give Craig Fulton’s Rio-bound squad the lead (Stock picture)
The Green Machine got off to an encouraging start in the Spanish heat when Kyle Good made the most of John Jackson’s cross from the left on 11 minutes to give Craig Fulton’s Rio-bound squad the lead (Stock picture)

Ireland were given a sobering lesson as they lost 2-1 to India on the second day of the six-nations event in Valencia.

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Still smarting from Monday's loss to Argentina, the Green Machine got off to an encouraging start in the Spanish heat when Kyle Good made the most of John Jackson's cross from the left on 11 minutes to give Craig Fulton's Rio-bound squad the lead.

However, they scarcely laid a glove thereafter on the Indians, who were level before half-time through Talwinder Singh's alertness to a re-bound off David Harte's pads.

And Harte had no chance of stopping what proved to be the winner shortly after the break as opposition captain Sardar Singh put a cunning close-range deflection on the ball as it came rocketing across the circle.

Meanwhile, four Ulstermen - all former Irish internationals - have been named in the GB squad for the Olympics. David Ames and Ian Sloan are products of the Cookstown club, while Paul Gleghorne began his career with Belfast Instonians and Ian Lewers started with Annadale.

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