Girls Under-18 Youth Championships II
Ireland 3 (Z Wilson, E Noone, Z Malseed) Italy 1 (F Carta)
Ireland’s Under-18 Girls advanced to the final of the EuroHockey Championship II in Mori with a 3-1 victory over hosts Italy.
Jessica McMaster went close to doubling the lead before Malseed shot home a rocket for the third, picking up a knock in the process. It gave them a big lead at the interval but Italy fought back in the second half.
Federica Carta got one back from a corner and they applied more pressure but Ireland went on to win and book a place in the final at 6.45pm (local time) on Saturday July, 11.
This victory ensures Ireland go back to the top flight of European Hockey and tomorrow the match against Poland will be for a gold medal.
Ireland: C Cassin, R Campbell, S Campbell, T Hastings, A Hurst, K Larmour, R Mercer, E Noone, S O’Loughlin, L Tice, Z Wilson
Subs: F McDermott, J McMaster, Z Malseed, E Curran, A Beatty, E Buckley, E Canning
Italy: C Cusimano, S Puglisi, G Raimondo, E Bormida, F Carta, M Perani, T Dalla Vittoria, V Marroccoli, R Conforto, A Micheli, G Paolacci
Subs: A Sansone, V Welleman, I Sarnari, L Tognetto