Sunday, June 27, 2010

India hit Irish ladies for six

Four Nations tournament (Essen)
Ireland 0 India 6

A sub-par performance saw Ireland slump to the wooden spoon in Germany today as they were beaten 6-0 by India in 30 degree heat.

It was a disappointing end to a tournament from which Gene Muller drew plenty of positives from good performances against world top five sides Australia and Germany in the preceding days.

But there were few upbeat notes from this result as the Asian side – ranked two places above Ireland – raced into a 2-0 lead in the first quarter.

They were 4-0 down by the break when the first of three straight corner strikes went in on the stroke of half-time and while Lisa Jacob and Alex Speers were lively up front, another pair corners brought up the half dozen in the second half.

Speaking afterwards, manager Sally-Ann Fanagan said “everyone was very disappointed with this final result, especially after the team’s strong performance yesterday against the Germans”.

Australia won the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Germany and now travel to Dublin for the Irish leg of their European tour. Their three-match series begins on Wednesday night at Belfield.

Ireland: Emma Gray, Emma Clarke, Bridget Cleland, Eimear Cregan, Nicci Daly, Michelle Harvey, Lisa Jacob, Shirley McCay, Audrey O'Flynn, Julia O'Halloran, Cliodhna Sargent, Niamh Small, Emma Smyth, Alex Speers, Nikki Symmons, Nikki Evans
Not Used: Mary Goode, Lizzie Colvin

Senior Women’s Four Nations results:
Ireland 0 India 6; Australia 1 Germany 1

Final standings: 1. Australia 7pts (+8) 2. Germany 5pts (+2) 3. India 4pts (+3) 4. Ireland 0pts (-13)

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