Ireland ended their five-game series of friendly internationals against Spain with a 4-4 draw in Murcia.

Uncapped Zara Malseed and Deirdre Duke got the first two Irish goals but the visitors trailed 4-2 at the midway point.

But two penalty corners from Lena Tice saw Ireland earn a draw as preparations for this summer's Olympic tournament in Tokyo begin in earnest.

The draw meant Ireland came away from the series with two wins, two draws and one defeat.


Game 1: Ireland 4-1 Spain

Game 2: Spain 3-2 Ireland

Game 3: Ireland 2-0 Spain

Game 4: Ireland 2-2 Spain

Game 5: Ireland 4-4 Spain

The last time Ireland competed as a team was on tour to South Africa 12 months ago, having created history in 2019 as they secured a place for their first Olympics after winning a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Canada.

The European Championships in Amsterdam in June - which also doubles up as 2022 World Cup qualification - is next up in terms of competitive competitions, ahead of the Tokyo Games tournament which is scheduled to start on July 24 with Ireland up against South Africa, with Netherlands, Germany, India and Great Britain waiting in the wings in the six-team preliminary group.