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Ireland women beat Spain to win series

Updated: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 17:50 | Comments

Anna O'Flanagan scored both goals for Ireland
Anna O'Flanagan scored both goals for Ireland

Two second half goals from UCD’s Anna O’Flanagan were enough for the Irish women's hockey team to beat Spain 2-0 in Terassa in Catalonia  and seal a 2-1 series victory with one drawn game amongst the two sides in a four-game trip. 

The first half was a tame affair in terms of goal scoring opportunities but the better of the chances did fall to Ireland. The Green Army failed to convert on their chances but Ireland won the penalty corner count by two to one in that first period. The score remained at 0-0 at half-time

Ireland stepped up a gear after the break and Anna O’Flanagan converted early in the half to give the visitors the lead.

The Irish did not have it all their own way though and goalkeeper Emma Gray was in fine form in the Irish goal to thwart any Spanish opportunities during a hectic spell in the second half.

Ireland weathered the Spanish storm comfortably mid-way through the half and got a stronger foothold on proceedings as the game headed towards a conclusion with Nikki Evans going close for the Irish. 

In the end, Ireland had to wait till just before the end to claim the victory when UCD’s O’Flanagan popped up again to make it 2-0 with a great deflected goal.

Elsewhere, the Irish men were beaten 5-3 by their Spanish counterparts.

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