Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hockey: O'Flanagan seals Irish consolation


Ireland's women rounded off their Celtic Cup campaign with victory over Wales as they secured second place in the three-nation competition behind Scotland.

Yesterday's tussle with the Welsh for the runners-up spot looked set to become a landslide when captain Alex Speers put the Irish ahead within four minutes of the tip-off.

However, the constant green wave washing over Anna Morris' goal did not produce a second goal until Nikki Symmons burst through from midfield and blazed home in the 41st minute.

Phoebe Richards then bundled in a Welsh reply but Anna O'Flanagan's solo effort ensured a first Irish victory since the eye-catching defeat of Spain in the Olympic qualifier in March. Scotland had secured the spoils with their 3-0 victory over Wales on Saturday.

Ireland -- P Smithwick, M Harvey, M Crowley, C Sargent, E Clarke, A Speers, S McCay, A Connery, N Symmons, N Atcheler, S Quinn. Subs: N Evans, C Watkins, G Pinder, A O'Flanagan.

Wales -- A Morris, A Brooks, T Evans, L Pugh-Bevan, S Robinson, A Naughalty, L Sugar, L Wilkinson, B Fisher, K Budd, E Mumford. Subs: S French, S Jones, E Griffiths, A Welsford, P Richards.

Umpires -- M Flahive, M Connacher.

Irish Independent

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