Women’s World Hockey League Semi-Final: India Go Down Against Ireland To Finish Eight
- Ireland won 2-1
- Ireland finished seventh and India eight
India finished the Women’s World Hockey League Semi-Final in South Africa with a defeat against Ireland in the seventh/eighth place match. Ireland came out 2-1 winners to hand India the eighth position in the tournament.
India started the match on the front foot as they successfully converted a penalty corner in the 15th minute to take the lead. Gurjit Kaur came up with a well-executed flick firing the ball low to the left giving India a 1-0 lead.
India dominated the second quarter with improvised circle penetrations. Navjot Kaur was obstructed by Ireland goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran during one of the many circle penetrations by India which resulted in her being sent away with a yellow card for 10 minutes. Going into the break India clearly held the upper hand in the match and looked favorites to see their 1-0 lead through.
India won back-to-back PCs in the third quarter but, they couldn’t convert the chance. India won two more PCs in the 43rd minute failed to make the most of these golden opportunities and kill the match. Ireland made the most of India’s missed chances to bounce back into the match less than two minutes into the fourth quarter. Ireland leveled the score in their PC attempt that saw Kathryn Mullan finding a perfect deflection to put it past Savita in the 47th minute. Ireland scored in the next minute via another goal through a PC converted by Lizzie Colvin in the 48th minute to take a 2-1 lead over India. Despite a barrage of Indian attacks on the Ireland goal, the Irish stood strong to see off their lead and end up victorious, finishing the match in 7th place.
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