Sunday 25 March 2018

Video: Ireland one win away from Rio after slick penalty corner goal sinks Pakistan

Alan Sothern celebrates his crucial goal
Alan Sothern celebrates his crucial goal

Ireland are just one win away from qualification for next year's Rio Olympics after a narrow 1-0 win over Pakistan saw them advance to the fifth-place playoff at the World Hockey League semi-final in Antwerp.

It is the first time Ireland have beaten Pakistan in 10 meetings and the first time they have failed to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Craig Fulton's side were under the cosh in the first half as Pakistan dominated the game but the game changed utterly in the second half.

Alan Sothern scored through the legs of the Pakistan keeper after a beautifully worked penalty corner.

Ireland's keeper David Harte made some brilliant saves late on to preserve Ireland's lead and they held on for a famous win.

"Our dream is still alive and you can hear from outr support behind how much it means to us and we're going to rest up and get ready to go again on Sunday. It's an amazing feeling," Harte said after the game.

"The guys, the full 18 did great out there today. The work-rate we put in today to face such a great Pakistan side and come away with a win is an unbelievable feeling."

Ireland’s will play-off for fifth place against Malaysia after they recorded a 4-1 win over France. Malaysia were 4-2 winners over Fulton's men in the Pool Stages of the competition.

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