Connery shines in battling loss
Ireland 1 Spain 3
Ireland produced their best hockey of their three-game series with Spain yesterday but still fell to a third successive defeat to the world No 11 side at Belfield.
Superb goals from Berta Bonastre and Bea Perez gave Spain a 2-0 lead from a low-key first half but skipper Alex Speers and Aine Connery kick-started a lively second-half display.
The former pulled one back in the 44th minute from a Sinead McCarthy rebound, while Connery used the skills honed with the Kilkenny camogie panel to good effect to provide a constant nuisance down the left wing.
They were stung, though, by a counter-attack which earned a penalty stroke for Sylvia Munoz to convert.
Ireland -- E Gray, M Harvey, C Sargent, E Smyth, A Speers, S McCay, J O'Halloran, S McCarthy, A Connery, N Symmons.
Subs: M Crowley, L Jacob, N Small, A O'Flynn, C Watkins.
Spain -- M Lopez de Eguilaz, J Menendez, R Ybarra, B Bonastre, M Prat, B Malda, P Sanchez, A Flores, L Riera, B Perez, G Comerma. Subs: R Huertas, I Barguno, M Lopez, S Munoz, P Dabanch, M Garcia, O Pineiro, G Oliva.