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Ireland 1-3 Scotland

Updated: Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 20:06 | Comments

Anna O'Flanagan gave Ireland the lead but they were unable to built on the lead
Anna O'Flanagan gave Ireland the lead but they were unable to built on the lead

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Ireland's women's hockey team have been relegated to Division B after a 3-1 loss to Scotland in their final game of the European Championships in Belgium.

Anna O'Flanagan put Ireland ahead in the 20th minute but strikes from Cat Ralph and Nikki Kidd gave the Scots a 2-1 half-time lead.

Despite Darren Smith’s charges having more possession and chances, it was Scotland who claimed the spoils and Holly Cram added a third in the second half.

Afterwards Smith said: “It was always going to be a tough match. Scotland are a good side and we have had close battles over the years so we expected a lot of passion and commitment from both sides, which we saw today.

“Our inability to convert penalty corners has cost us throughout this tournament - we had eight penalty corners today and we weren't able to get a meaningful shot on target.

“Scotland took their chances well and you have to give them credit on how they managed to put the goals away."

The result means Ireland finished in the bottom two of their group and are relegated to Division B.

Starting XI Ireland: Emma Gray, Alex Speers (c), Shirley McCay, Megan Frazer, Naomi Carroll, Nikki Symmons, Audrey O'Flynn, Chloe Watkins, Niamh Atcheler, Anna O'Flanagan, Gillian Pinder.

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