Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup: India Tumbles At Irish Hurdle
Giant killer Ireland has continued to excel in the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London. It became the first team to qualify for quarter-finals. It has emerged as a winning team
After the United States dropped out, Ireland took a full measure of India defeating the Asia Cup champion team by the first-half goal for its second win from as many matches.
Amazing part is that India is ranked 10th in the world, whereas Ireland is ranked 16th.
India suffered a major setback after being defeated. The chances of making to the quarter-finals are quite low. It has to win its last game against the United States to stay in a run for a berth in the last eight.
It was a pure story of missed chances, muffed penalty corners and squandering of field scoring advantage.
Ireland played extremely well and deserves all praise for retaining and defence after taking an early lead in the 12th minute from its first of two penalty corners. The combine of Duke Deidre and O Flanagan had the ball deflected into the roof of the net. The goal was perfect for the team as they played according to the strategy and also defended their citadel well.
Ireland is celebrating its success. The team have every reason to celebrate as it was their second successive win in the tournament besides assuring itself a berth in quarter-finals.