Ireland women have been defeated by India in the Four Nations Argentina tournament in Buenos Aires.
The Irish got off to the worst possible start when conceding a goal in the sixth minute to put India on the front foot. Almost on the half-time hooter India scored a second - this time a straight strike from a penalty corner.
It was Ireland's turn to score early in the second half, with Cliodhna Sargent scoring from a straight strike penalty corner in the 42nd minute. It was Sargent’s third goal in four games. Ireland piled on the pressure, but couldn’t break through the Indian defence for the equaliser.
Ireland coach Gene Muller said after the game: "We started the match down on energy, and with two many possession errors, which let them score two goals and us with a mountain to climb.
“Our second half peformance was dominant and very gutsy, but we failed to score the second goal to tie.
“These matches have been fantastic for us . The conditions are difficult with the heat and limited recovery, but we have played at a high level in spite of the adversity."
Ireland conclude the tournament against Argentina on Saturday.