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Ireland stun India in Azlan Shah Cup

Ireland stun India in Azlan Shah Cup Ireland stun India in Azlan Shah Cup
Theresa Hayes | 11 March, 2018, 01:35

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

Ramandeep Singh (10th minute) and Amit Rohidas (26th) scored for India, who needed a win to seal their place in the bronze-medal play-off, while Shane O'Donoghue (24th), Sean Murray (36th) and Lee Cole (42th) scored for Ireland.

Out of five matches, Sjoerd Marijne-coached India, who are here with a heavily rotated squad, won once and drew one, grabbing four points to be fifth, while Ireland finished sixth and last with three points.

Australia then thought they had won the game with seven minutes left as Sharp lifted the ball over George Pinner after his deflection on a Mark Knowles corner flick was saved by the 'keeper, but Ward rifled in a brilliant shot seconds later after a great pass by Ansell to set up a grandstand finish.

After a scoreless first half, the Kookaburras took the lead when Blake Govers fired home from a penalty corner on 38 minutes. However, complacency seemed to seep into India's game and they were sluggish in the third quarter from the outset.

Juan Martín López (1st) and Gonzalo Peillat (11th) gave the 2016 Olympic champions 2-0 lead. The 24th-minute field goal was good team work between Kirk Shimmins, Sean Murray and O'Donoghue. Soon enough, Varun got another chance from the penalty corner to double India's lead but this time the dragflicker failed to get his shot on target. 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. Though India conceded a goal in the 48th minute, the team's defence remained resolute throughout the match, restricting Ireland's number of circle entries. With time ticking away, India pulled out their goalkeeper to add an extra man to their attack.

As the match came to a close, India upped the ante, taking off their goalie and played with 11 outfield players. But Varun Kumar's drag was deflected by Irish rushers.