Wednesday, 16 April 2014

India defeats Ireland 3-1 in their first test heading towards the Champions Challenge 1

New Delhi, 16 April 2014: The Indian Women Hockey team defeated Ireland 3-1 in their first test match played at Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday. This tour is in preparations for the Champions Challenge 1, scheduled to be held at Glasgow, Scotland from 27 April – 4 May 2014.

Heading towards the win, the Indian team had a tough fight against Ireland and restricted a couple of goals in the first half. The hosts Ireland managed to score a goal which came through Megan Frazer in the 4th minute by converting penalty corner. India, without giving any more opportunities to Ireland started getting a foothold on the game whereas the home side failed to further extend their lead.

In the second half, the visiting team had different plans and surprised the home team with their game which helped them turned the tables in their favour. In the 37th minute, Poonam Rani scored off the post from a penalty corner to draw level the score at 1-1.  Ireland had a good chance again in the 45th minute with another penalty corner but the visitors relieved the pressure clearing after an Irish miss-hit. India was high in confidence and put complete pressure on Ireland and did not allow them to score further. India took the final lead in the 61st minute through field goal scored by Ritu Rani. In the 67th minute, Sunita Lakra converted penalty corner for India.

Both teams will play their second test match on 17 April 2014. While India will be looking at continuing their winning form against Ireland, the home team will be looking at leveling scores.

  • Results:

India 3 Rani Poonam 37th minute, Rani Ritu 61st minute and Sunita Lakra 68th minute
Ireland 1 Megan Frazer 4th minute