Emma Smyth (pictured, below right) was introduced a minute later for her debut as England began to turn the screw with Lousia Healy seeing off Walsh’s drag flick shortly before half time.
The second period again saw Ireland play well but lack the final pass or the clinical touch. Nikki Symmons sent Roisin Flynn through with a smartly taken free hit but Becky Duggan came off her line quickly to smother the opportunity. Four more corner opportunities slipped through Irish fingers while Smyth put a reverse stick just wide, after a trademark cut-in.
Afterwards, coach Gene Muller said he was “pleased with the overall performance in which Ireland dominated for periods but suffered from a lack of finishing from play or set pieces”. The second game takes place on Sunday at 11am.
Ireland: Mary Goode (GK), Louisa Healy (GK), Lauren Barr, Cliodhna Sargent, Bridget Cleland, Emma Stewart, Emma Clarke, Shirley McCay, Nikki Symmons, Emma Smyth, Roisin Flinn, Rachel Mulligan, Eimear Cregan (Capt), Cathy McKean, Lizzie Colvin, Megan Frazer.
* Adrian Boehm’s pictures from today’s game can be seen here