Monday 17 December 2018

Irish suffer Spanish inquisition

Ireland slid to a 7-0 defeat against a free-scoring Spain (stock image)
Ireland slid to a 7-0 defeat against a free-scoring Spain (stock image)

Ireland's women endured a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Spain in Benalmádena on the Costa Del Sol.

The Spanish side nearly opened the scoring in the first 90 seconds after a goalmouth scramble from their first penalty corner saw the ball go in before being disallowed.

However, Ireland's blushes were only momentarily saved as in the third minute Lucia Jimenez swept home from close range to give the hosts the lead.

Katie Mullan and Kate Lloyd linked up nicely down the right side and into the circle to earn the Green Army a corner of their own but the defence were out quickly to smother a shot from Róisín Upton and send it wide. Grace O'Flanagan was called upon at the other end as the Spanish earned another corner but she made a smart low save.

The lead was doubled by Berta Bonastre in the 10th minute as she slotted home from close range following a darting run along the baseline into the circle.

Brown very nearly got the Irish on the scoreboard on the cusp of half-time following a first-time pass from Lloyd but the close-range shot was well saved.

After the break, Berta Bonastre got her second courtesy of a stroke high into the right corner. The Spanish put the game to rest with four goals in the final quarter, Begona Garcia scoring twice before scores from Lola Riera and Maialen Garcia.

Irish Independent

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