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Ireland and Belgium drew 1-1 in this dead rubber Olympic qualifying hockey pool match

Updated: Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 17:39

Michelle Harvey equalised for Ireland
Michelle Harvey equalised for Ireland

Ireland drew 1-1 with Belgium tonight in their final pool game in a dead rubber match as both had already qualified for the final this Sunday, the winner of which will earn a place at the London 2012 Olympics.

Ireland got the first real chance seven minutes in when Michelle Harvey dragged the set piece but the Belgian first runner blocked down that attempt.

Just two minutes later it was the home side who took the lead when a penalty corner was turned into a stroke and Boon made no mistake giving Belgium the lead.

Belgium continued with a couple of further chances but they were well dealt with by the girls in green.

Seven minutes from the end of the first half Chloe Watkins levelled for Ireland tapping in after some great work by Emma Smyth and Miriam Crowley and that was how the match ended. The teams now meet again on Sunday for a place in the Olympics.

Commenting after the match Coach Gene Muller said: "We were fortunate to tie tha match as Belgium had most of the possession. It was a difficult match given the emotional high of the win against Spain last night."

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