Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup:India lose the battle of penalties

Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup:India lose the battle of penalties

India faltered at the tie breaker hurdle as it lost to Ireland 1-3 in the penalty shoot out in the quarter finals of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London on Thursday.

Ireland will now play Spain in semi finals.

Earlier, the two teams played a goalless draw in the regulation period. India’s hopes of making second semi finals in 44 years collapsed as it could not get the better of 16th ranked Ireland, It was India’s second defeat at the hands of Ireland in the tournament as it had lost the pool game by a solitary goal.

In fact it was the 25th encounter between the two countries and it ended in 16th win for Ireland.

Though in the run of play there was little to choose between the two teams as Indian girls played aggressively and had their chances. India got the only penalty corner of the game but could not make use of it.

No team got a clear chance to score as the ball moved from end to end with good moves but all fizzled out inside or just outside the striking circles. No doubt India performed better than what it did in the pool game against the same team but it was not enough.

India played semi-finals in the first World Cup in 1974 and since then have had the best finish in 1978 when it got seventh position. India wanted to improve upon the 1978 performance to go to the Asian Games starting later this month.

Rani Rampal and her girls were all crestfallen after their attempts in the penalty shootout too were abortive. Except for Reena, all others, including skipper Rani, Monika and Navjot failed while for Ireland Roisin Upton, Alison Meeke and Chloe Watkins scored to carry Ireland into semis.