Ireland 0-3 India

Ireland have been beaten 3-0 by India in their second test game this week in Santomera.

Two goals in the opening half and a third in the final minute were their undoing, as India took their chances in another even contest in southern Spain.

Both teams opted for the direct route in the early phases, with Anna O’Flanagan looking dangerous.

But India took the lead before the end of the opening quarter from a nicely worked move down the left. Navjot Kaur did well to control a pass, before sending the ball into the goal on the reverse.

Nicci Daly, Sinead Loughran, and Katie Mullan were causing the India defence some trouble, before Bethany Barr missed a penalty corner, after a mis-trap at the top saw the chance go a begging.

India got their second just before half time. Liz Murphy saved the initial penalty corner shot, but Reena Khokhar pounced on the loose ball and dispatched the rebound.

The Green Army continued to create chances early in the second half as Nikki Evans linked up smartly with Lizzie Colvin to win a penalty corner. A questionable foul on Lena Tice gave India the chance to clear their lines.

Shirley McCay and Mullan were next to test the India resolve with a crash ball across the circle followed by another penalty corner. A good save and clearance kept India’s two goal cushion intact, despite the chances building for Ireland.

In a move that perhaps unfortunately epitomised Ireland’s day, Evans picked up a pass following great play from Mullan and Daly, but she saw her shot hit the inside of the post before ricocheting out.

The final minute of the tie saw India put the game firmly to bed as Gurjit Kaur sent a powerful drag flick low into the right corner.

Ireland: E Murphy, S McCay, L Tice, R Upton, Y O’Byrne, B Barr, K Mullan (captain), L Colvin, A O’Flanagan, S Torrans, N Evans

Subs: E Buckley, H Matthews, H McLoughlin, S Barr, E Beatty, N Daly, S Loughran