Ireland slipped to a 4-0 loss in the first of three uncapped, training matches this week against Great Britain in Bisham Abbey as a more composed host team took the laurels.
Britain ended with a 100pc record from their two penalty corners, roofing two high drag-flicks while capitalising on two defensive lapses to extend the lead to four by the 37th minute.
Nonetheless, the performance was a step up from the recent Belgian series against higher quality opposition with manager Sally-Ann Fanagan stating that her side got “a lesson in clinical finishing”.
Ireland worked hard throughout but were disappointed in giving up too much cheap ball but did carve out a couple of clear chances, Emma Smyth intercepting to play in Rachel Mulligan one-on-one but the British goalkeeper forced her wide of a shooting angle to close out the chance.
Ireland panel: Emma Clarke (Leicester); Bridget Cleland (Ballymoney); Lizzie Colvin (Loreto); Eimear Cregan (Catholic Institute); Nicci Daly (Loreto); Roisin Flinn (OldAlex); Louisa Healy (Loreto); Michelle Harvey (Pegasus); Lisa Jacob (UCD); Rachel Mulligan (Armagh); Audrey O’Flynn (UCC); Shirley McCay (Dragons); Julia O’Halloran (UCC); Niamh Small (Loreto); Emma Smyth (Railway Union); Emma Stewart (Armagh); Nikki Symmons (Loreto)
Tuesday: Ireland v Great Britain, 2.30pm
Wednesday: Ireland v Great Britain, 12pm