Spain series ends with 3-0 loss for Ireland

Women’s International test match
Ireland 0 Spain 3 (B Garcia, L Riera, G Comerma)

Ireland’s women completed their time in Spain on a low note, falling to a 3-0 defeat to the Valencia hosts, losing the series 3-1 overall.

Begona Garcia got the first with barely four minutes gone when she was unmarked in the circle, clipping home a simple reverse-stick finish. Lola Riera added the second from the penalty spot before Gloria Comerma closed out the win with a powerful straight hit from a corner.

There were, nonetheless, positives with Ireland lively in attack. Hayley Mulcahy’s electric pace caused plenty of problems. Twice, crosses were inches away from a final touch as Nikki Evans’ effort was just out of reach of Naomi Carroll while Anna O’Flanagan put another ball across that slipped past an attacking stick.

Katie Mullan’s short corner strike hit the post while Kate Lloyd’s rebound effort slipped just wide.

A Nikki Evans reverse strike and a corner shot were the best chances for the Irish in the second half as the intense four match in five day schedule appeared to be catching up with both teams with the game wide open toward the end.


Ireland:
S Davis (GK), K Mullan, L Tice, Z Wilson, G Frazer, C Watkins, G Pinder, N Daly, A O’Flanagan, H Mulcahy, N Carroll, A McFerran (GK), D Duke, N Evans, K Lloyd, A Meeke, K McDonald, E Beatty.

The Irish women's squad in Valencia. Pic: Matias L Sartori

The Irish women’s squad in Valencia. Pic: Matias L Sartori

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