Match Highlights India vs Ireland Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018 – Ireland Shootout India In Quarterfinals
- India lost 1-3 in the penalty shootout
- The match ended 0-0
- Ireland will meet Spain in the semi-final
That’s it for the Indian women’s hockey team at this year’s world cup. After qualifying for the quarterfinals in over 40 years, the Indian women faced heartbreak in the last 8 of the tournament. Facing Ireland in their quarterfinal match, India went down on penalties by a scoreline of 1-3 after only Reena Khokar managed to score for them. For Ireland, on the other hand, it was a historic occasion as they qualified for the first time ever for the semi-finals of the FIH Women’s world cup.
The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre played host to a fine, attacking and full-blown hockey match. There was no lack of intensity or will from either side with both attacking at will, looking to strike the first blow. Despite a full free flowing brand of hockey at the display from both the sides, the scoreline remained unmoved.
Coming back to India vs Ireland Women’s Hockey highlights, with all the fine offensive players on the pitch and all the attacking play that was meted out, the defence and keepers of both the sides took home the laurels on the day. Both defences maintained and help their shape throughout the match, showing a fine level of discipline on the day as they defended with valour and courage. Ayeisha McFerran and Savita held their nerve at crunch moments in the tie to ensure that the score read 0-0 at the end of normal time.
And both the keepers were in fine form come the penalty shoot-out. Both sides missed their first two shuffles courtesy of fine goal-keeping, but Roisin Upton put the Irish ahead. Ali Meeke and Chloe Watkins converted for Ireland further on for a historic win as India could manage only one successful conversion.
While the match ended in tears for the Indian team, we cannot congratulate them enough on a successful tournament which clearly shows that the future is bright for the team. Heartiest congratulations to Ireland as well who have been the surprise package this year. Despite being the second lowest ranked team at the event, the Irish women have silenced all critics to reach the semi-finals of the women’s world cup for the first time ever where they’ll take on Spain today.