India drub Ireland to finish fifth

Henrietta Brewer
March 11, 2018

India ended their campaign at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament with a 4-1 academic win over Ireland to finish fifth in the final standings on Saturday.

Having lost their previous four games, Ireland came into the match as underdogs against an India side that still harboured hopes of qualifying for the medal games.

Varun Kumar scored twice from penalty corners while Shilanand Lakra and Gurjant Singh got one each. India crushed hosts Malaysia 5-1 and drew 1-1 with England.

India began strongly and earned back-to-back penalty corners in the fifth minute. Amit Rohidas scored the goal to give India 2-1 lead at half time.

The second quarter saw India up their energy and constantly attacked the Irish circle. Malaysia will meet Argentina in the bronze medal match.

One such attempt saw Nilam Sanjeep Xess's fierce pass from right side of the circle to find forward Shilanand Lakra poised in front of the goal.

Soon after India won another PC when Sumit Kumar found an Irish defender's foot while forcing an assist from the baseline.

Ireland played a much more aggresive game in the second quarter and were awarded a penalty corner for their efforts only for the decision to be overturned after India asked for a video referral.

Asian champions India finished a disappointing fifth after beating Ireland 4-1.

India denied Ireland their first PC of the match with a decision for video referral that was ruled in India's favour.

The win enabled India to avenge a 3-2 loss against the same opponent in the last round robin match on Friday. Ireland's sole goal came from the sticks of Julian Dale in the 48th minute. With 10 minutes remaining the favourites claimed their fourth goal with Jake Harvie steering in a cross from Beale.

Govers' thundering drag flick went unanswered and a confident Australia made further inroads and went 2-0 up with Lachlan Sharp firing in the rebound from a 53rd-minute penalty corner.

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