After leveling the four-match series with hosts Spain, the Indian women’s hockey team put up a determined performance to draw the first match against 2018 Women’s World Cup silver medallists Ireland 1-1 in Murcia. Also Read - Olympics Postponement Blessing in Disguise: India Dragflicker Gurjit Singh
India got off to a good start making the first breakthrough in the fourth minute when they created a penalty corner opportunity. But the chance was missed due to good defence by the Irish. Also Read - Former India Women’s Hockey Captain Sunita Chandra Passes Away Aged 76
But in the second quarter, India made up for the opportunity lost when they were awarded a penalty corner for infringement by an Irish defender. Also Read - Hockey India Announce 18-Member Women's Squad For Tour of England With Eyes Set on FIH Olympic Qualifiers
Gurjit Kaur, India’s drag-flicker, made no mistake in putting the ball past the Irish goalkeeper Emma Buckley in the 18th minute. India’s 1-0 lead put the Irish on the back foot.
While India defended the lead well with a disciplined structure, the Irish pushed for an elusive goal.
Ireland struck a field goal through Sarah Hawkshaw in the 45th minute, which levelled the score to 1-1.
While the final quarter saw both teams play at par with each other, India remained resolute in their defence.
India’s goalkeeper Savita made a brilliant attempt to deny Ireland a goal off a penalty corner, minutes before the final hooter ending the match in a stalemate.
On Sunday, India take on Ireland in the last match of the Spain tour.