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Ireland beat India 3-2 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

11 March 2018, 01:05 | Winifred Adams

India squandered the lead on two occasions to go down 2-3 against Ireland

India squandered the lead on two occasions to go down 2-3 against Ireland

A resilient India defeated Ireland 4-1 to finish fifth at the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Saturday.

Against Ireland, India, who had thrashed Malaysia 5-1 on Thursday to rekindle their hopes of playing a match, bearing a medal, vied for another win on the trot and got on to a start that reflected this intent.

Varun Kumar scored twice from penalty corners while Shilanand Lakra and Gurjant Singh got the other goals for India in the fifth/sixth classification match.

Ireland managed to score a consolation goal in the final quarter of the game when Dale scored a well taken goal after splitting the Indian defense.

India regained the lead again minutes later as Amit Rohidas sent a penalty corner drag high into the corner to send his side into the break leading 2-1.

The second quarter saw India up their energy and constantly attacked the Irish circle.

The dominant Australia, however, found hard to crack England's stubborn defence but Blake Govers finally made a the breakthrough in the 38th minute.

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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.

India's next goal came off Gurjant in the 37th minute.

Although the Indian team lost the match, the young Indian team gave an impressive performance and tried to restrict the Olympic Gold Medalists.

The young lad from Sundergarh, Odisha ensured he didn't miss out on the opportunity as he beat Ireland's goalkeeper Jamie Carr, doubling India's lead to 2-0.

After a big win over Malaysia, it seemed that the Indian team has made a comeback and against Ireland they made a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute. But managed to defeat India in this match.

Mitton came close moments later, before Kleinschmidt levelled in the 25th minute with a reflex finish after Dylan Wotherspoon's baseline run forced a save from Argentine keeper Juan Vivaldi.

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