Published On: Thu, Jul 26th, 2018

Ireland beat India Women’s WC hockey to enter quarters

London: Ireland sealed their place in the women’s hockey World Cup quarter-finals with a game to spare after edging past higher-ranked India 1-0 in their second Pool B match at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre here on Thursday.

For World No 16 Ireland, Anna O’Flanagan’s goal in the opening quarter was enough

For World No 16 Ireland, Anna O’Flanagan’s goal in the opening quarter was enough for them to outwit World No.10 India.

India, who drew 1-1 with England in their campaign opener, now face a daunting task of beating the US by a heavy margin on Sunday, if they are to reach the knock-outs.

The Indian team started the match well as they attacked the Irish team through the right flank, creating a couple of chances.

The World No. 10 team won their first penalty corner of the competition in the fourth minute through skipper Rani Rampal as she was stopped in her path by an Irish defender.

However, the resulting drag-flick by Gurjit Kaur was deflected away by the first Irish rusher. Ireland started to maintain possession towards the latter stages of the first quarter and won themselves their first penalty corner in the 12th minute as India’s Deep Grace Ekka blocked an Irish forward in her tracks.

The resulting drag-flick by Deirdre Duke was deflected towards the left of Indian goalkeeper Savita by Anna O’Flanagan to give the Irish the lead.

Moments later, India were awarded their second penalty corner in the 14th minute; but Gurjit’s drag-flick was again stopped by the first Irish rusher as the World No. 16 team took their lead into the break.

The second quarter saw the Ireland side attack their opponents again, winning back-to-back penalty corners in the 19th minute.

Indian goalkeeper Savita made a fine save on the second occasion after the first of the two drag-flicks was blocked by an Indian defender.

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