Tuesday 23 January 2018

Scots sink Ireland's chances

Ireland 0 Scotland 2 hockey World Cup Qualifiers

A second defeat in 24 hours mathematically ended Ireland's unlikely shot of a women's World Cup place when they were defeated 2-0 by Scotland in Santiago yesterday.

A goal in each half proved their undoing as the Scots -- despite just 48 hours of acclimatisation -- looked the fresher outfit throughout.

Ireland created more than in their opening day defeat to Malaysia, skipper Eimear Cregan showing her menace to win a couple of penalty corners, while after one mazy run, her pass slipped just beyond the reach of Julia O'Halloran.

Scotland's threat was more direct, though, drawing a number of saves from Mary Goode and they took the lead on half-time when Alison Bell diverted Samantha Judge's flick goalward.

Ireland were stung on the break late on. Vikki Bunce smashed through Goode's defences to take advantage of Ireland's commitment to draw level. It leaves Ireland with fixtures against Chile and Australia on the weekend to avoid last place.

Ireland -- M Goode, R Flinn, C Sargent, E Cregan (capt), E Clarke, B Cleland, A Speers, J O'Halloran, N Symmons, A O'Flynn, E Smyth. Subs: M Harvey, S McCay, M Frazer, L Colvin, N Small

Scotland -- A Walker, V Bunce, A Bell, C Forrest, S Judge, L Bartlett, A Robertson, E Maguire, L Wrightson, L Fawcett, K Marshall. Subs: K Cameron, H Cram, L Clement (capt), C Dow, A Clark

Irish Independent

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