Ireland's women win hockey silver

Published Monday, 05 May 2014
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The Ireland women's hockey team secured silver in the Champions Challenge I tournament after a 3-1 defeat by the USA who secured gold in the competition.

Ireland's women win hockey silver
Ireland won bronze in the competition. (© Getty)

The medal win was all the more impressive given the Irish team were ranked seventh in the competition of eight teams taking part.

As part of the tournament Ireland competed against four of the best sides in the world which made their second place all the more of an achievement.

In the game against USA, Ireland competed well from the start opening up the scoring in the third minute with Emma Smyth converting a raised shot from captain Megan Frazer to make it 1-0.

Both sides battled hard but it was USA who made the break through to level the scores and eight minutes later the States took the lead.

In the second half a defiant Ireland created a number of good chances, but failed to break the USA's defence and in the 58th minute they broke the deadlock through a penalty corner.

Ireland fought to the end but despite their best efforts the USA closed the match out with a 3-1 win.

Meanwhile, in the men's competition in Malaysia, Ireland were defeated 4-2 in the third place play-off game to finish fourth.

Ireland conceded a penalty stroke in the seventh minute to give Malaysia the first score and on 11 minutes they doubled their lead.

Just before the clock struck 20 minutes, Malaysia were denied a third with an impressive save from goalkeeper of the tournament David Harte.

Paul Gleghorne's deflected shot on the 22nd minute got Ireland back into the game and from there they took the upper hand, but Malaysia held on to their lead for half time.

In the second half a skilful team manoeuvre from Ireland saw them secure a second through Chris Cargo to level the scores.

The game ensued in a fast paced end-to-end manner but it was the home side that netted a further two in the dying minutes of the game to secure a 4-2 victory and third place in the tournament.

Commenting after the match coach Ned Fulton said: "I am happy about the positive way we played, creating enough chances in the 70 minutes to get a result.

"It was 2-2 with five minutes to go and was anyone's game. I am proud of the team and the improvements they have made against the tough opposition throughout this tournament."

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hockey lover in omagh wrote (268 days ago):
The best result ever in CC1.Captain Megan Frazer,formerly of Ballymoney H.C. was awarded Player of the Tournament, Goalie of the Tournament went to Ireland's Emma Grey, Man of the Match in the semi-finals against South Africa was Shirley McCay,Talent Coach with Ulster Hockey,while four of the Irish players were named in Commentator Rhona Simpson's select Team of the Tournament--- Megan Frazer,Emma Grey,Katie Mullan and Shirley McCay.
Coleraine in Coleraine wrote (269 days ago):
Another example of how strong we can be in compitition when one team represents this small island
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