Ireland went down to a 3-1 defeat against Korea in the final of the FIH Hockey Series in Banbridge.

In a tournament where they had already secured their Olympic qualifying ticket, the hosts were determined to end the week on a high and there was little to choose between the sides in the opening half.

Both goalkeepers Ayeisha McFerran and Jang Soo Ji were well employed in the opening half to ensure parity at the break.

Kim Hyunji made the breakthrough on 46 minutes following a sweeping move before Cheon Eunbi doubled the lead.

Nicci Daly's late goal gave Ireland hope, but hopes of a grandstand finish were dashed as Kang Jina scored into an empty net as the Irish sacrificed their goalkeeper in favour of another outfield player.

Speaking on the match, Ireland interim head coach Gareth Grundie said, "Overall we played well. I felt like we were the better side for the first three quarters. Korea started very well and were very strong in the final quarter. It wasn’t to be today."

"In terms of what’s to come and how he’s found his time as Head Coach, Gareth said "I’ve really enjoyed the last few months. We’ve made lots of progress and the girls have been great, as have the staff, so we’re in a good position moving forwards.

"I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do in the coming months and working with Sean [Dancer]. We’ve Europeans and an Olympic qualifier to look forward to so the focus will now move to those."