/ Hockey

Ireland 2-2 India

Updated: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 21:21 | Comments

Anna O'Flanagan celebrates after scoring for Ireland
Anna O'Flanagan celebrates after scoring for Ireland

Ireland and India played out a pulsating 2-2 draw in the final game of their international triple-header.

A packed crowd enjoyed basking in the evening sunshine at UCD as both sides put on a top class display of international hockey. 

Striker Anna O’Flanagan, who has had an impressive series, bagged a brace for Ireland, opening the scoring in the 14th minute after great build-up play from the back. 

India equalised with just six minutes on the clock in the first half, when Thokchom Chanchan, who got both their goals, lobbed the keeper on the second phase of the corner.

The teams came out in full flow for the second half, both keen to attack.

India went ahead in the 56th minute when Chanchan converted off the third phase of a penalty corner.

Ireland had a golden chance when Michelle Harvey passed to Audrey O’Flynn on the line. O’Flynn passed it onto O’Flanagan, whose super pass just popped over the oncoming Chloe Brown’s stick in front of an open goal. 

Moments later Gillian Pinder and Ali Meeke combined to secure the all-important penalty corner for Ireland, who converted thanks to O’Flanagan.

India had a final chance to take the game at the end with a penalty corner but Deepika’s shot went wide and Ireland closed out the game.

Ireland will no doubt be pleased with a fine team performance ahead of the Champions Challenge tournament in Scotland next week. 

Afterwards, Test series Coach Darren Smith said: “This has been an enjoyable and beneficial week together, we have steadily improved and we are now looking forward to getting over to Scotland (Glasgow) for what will be a tough tournament, in Champions Challenge.”

Ireland: E Beatty (UCD), C Brown (Ards), N Carroll (Catholic Institute), N Daly (Holcombe HC/Loreto), D Duke (UCD), N Evans (UCD), M Frazer (Capt, Holcombe HC / Ballymoney), E Gray (Hermes), M Harvey (Leuven/Pegasus), S McCay (Old Alex), A McFerran (Randalstown), A Meeke (Loreto), K Mullan (UCD), A O'Flanagan (UCD), A O'Flynn (Hermes), G Pinder (UCD), C Sargent (Cork Harlequins), C Watkins (Club De Campo/UCD).

User contributions and/or comments do not, unless specifically stated, represent the views of RTÉ.ie or RTÉ.
Click here for Terms of use
Powered by NewsWhip