Ireland 1 (Cathy McKean) Spain 1
Holly Moffet made her senior international debut as Ireland’s build-up to the Olympic Qualification tournament continues in Terassa, Spain.
After the game Coach Muller was a little disappointed not to secure the victory “We played well as a team today, and I felt we deserved more than the tie. We have been creating quality chances in our last few matches, so getting something out of the game was satisfying.”
Spain started at a high tempo put Ireland under pressure and were first to score when a controversially awarded penalty corner was deflected at close range passed Goode by Spain’s number 16 Sanchez.
The second half saw Ireland shift the gears upwards and created several good scoring opportunities, the best coming from excellent midfield work from Symmons and Cregan who linked up well with the forward line.
Ireland’s attacking play eventually paid off when they equalised in the 45th minute, when McKean stole a ball on the left hand side, beat her defender with skill and class before planting the ball passed a stranded keeper into the back of the net.
A spate of injuries in a four minute period upset Ireland’s rhythm, Jacob with ankle ligament damage, Symmons with a suspected broken finger and O’Brien who received a facial injury.
Ireland held on for the win but will be concerned about the extent of the injuries.