Wednesday 26 October 2016

Ill-disciplined Ireland leave it late to beat Uruguay and advance to quarter-finals

Published 13/06/2015 | 14:07

Aine Connery celebrates her decisive goal
Aine Connery celebrates her decisive goal

Ireland are through to the quarter-finals at the Hockey World League semi-finals in Valencia, Spain after a tense 3-2 victory over Uruguay.

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Ill-discipline almost cost Ireland as they concede both goals to the South American side when they were down two players who had received cards.

Aine Connery scored the decisive winning goal with four minutes remaining on the clock to book Ireland's passage to the last eight following their earlier victory over South Africa and their gallant defeat at the hands of Germany.

Speaking after the game, Megan Frazer said: "We certainly did do it the hard way. It wasn't one of our better days but we got the result in the end, we're a hard working team and we got it in the end.

"We got a little bit panicked. We got the cards and we suffered for that. We defended well at times but we conceded two goals when we had nine players.

"It's not something you are used to doing, playing 11v9 and it is something we will look to get better for the next game."

Ireland's next game in the competition is against the USA on Tuesday before they play in the knockout stages.

The girls in green are hopeful that they will be able to secure Olympic qualification at the tournament.

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