England 2-1 Ireland

Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat to England in their opening game at the European Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

Sean Dancer's side rallied back from two goals down through Bethany Barr but couldn't get the equaliser before the end.

Both of England's goals came from penalty corners, with Suzy Petty breaking the deadlock just before the end of the first quarter to grab her first goal for England.

Ireland looked to have cleared their lines when they kept out the initial effort from the penalty corner, but England pounced on the rebound with Petty finishing the ball to the net.

Giselle Ansley doubled their advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter with a clean strike past the Irish cover from another penalty corner.

Ireland struck back through Barr in the third quarter following a brilliant routine from a penalty corner to set-up a grandstand finish.

Both sides came close to scoring again in the final quarter, with England managing to hold on for the win.

"We're pretty frustrated with the result, not the performance we put in, especially in the second half," captain Katie Mullan said afterwards.

"We were a bit slow to start but they felt our pressure in the second half and we could have done with a couple more minutes at the end. We would have got the goal with another quarter!

"But it does say a lot about where we are at and where we are moving to. It wasn't about hanging on. For us, we controlled phases of the game, had a lot of opportunities. In the past against England, it would be a different story so that is a positive.

"It was a physical game, some hard tackles from both sides. I personally enjoy that bit of physicality, a good battle."