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Hockey: Indian women's team draw 1-1 with Ireland

Hockey: Indian womens team draw 1-1 with Ireland

Press Release

Published: 2 Feb 2019 4:53 AM GMT
After levelling the four-match series with hosts Spain, the Indian Women's Hockey Team put up a determined performance in the first match against 2018 Women's World Cup Silver Medalists Ireland where they drew 1-1 here today. India got off to a good start as they made takes the first breakthrough in the fourth minute when they created a PC opportunity. But the chance when amiss with good defending shown by the Irish. In the second quarter though, India made up for the opportunity lost when they were awarded a PC for infringement by an Irish defender. Gurjit Kaur, India's drag-flicker, made no mistake in putting the ball past the Irish goalkeeper Emma Buckley in the 18th minute. India's 1-0 lead put the Irish on the backfoot. While India defended the lead well with a disciplined structure, the Irish pushed for an elusive goal. It was only in the 45th minute when Ireland struck a field goal through Sarah Hawkshaw that levelled the score to 1-1. While the final quarter saw both teams play at par with each other, India remained resolute in their defence. India's goalkeeper Savita made a brilliant attempt to deny Ireland a goal off a PC minutes before the final hooter ending the match in a stalemate. On February 3, India takes on Ireland in the last match of the Spain tour.
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