India fight back to beat Ireland 2-1

Six Nations Tournament (Valencia)
Ireland 1 (K Good) India 2 (T Singh, S Singh)

Kyle Good’s first half goal was over-turned by India, condemning Ireland to a second successive single-goal loss at the Six Nations tournament in Valencia.

He applied a perfect finish to John Jackson’s brilliant left wing cross – on his backhand – to give Ireland a fourth minute lead. It was a continuation of a great start for the Green Machine with Mitch Darling and Mikey Watt linking up on more than one occasion to cause havoc down the right wing.

Kyle Good scored the opening goal against India

Kyle Good scored the opening goal against India

India, though, bounced back when Talwinder Singh latched onto a penalty corner rebound after David Harte had denied VR Raghunath’s initial drag-flick in the 19th minute.

And the winner came two minutes into the second half when Sardar Singh applied a brilliant touch to a powerful cross, the effort bouncing in off the underside of the bar.

Ireland’s defence remained composed as two Indian penalty corners were kept out while a pacey Irish counter always offered a threat. Peter Caruth and Good, former Monkstown team-mates, evaded the Indian defence and went on mazy runs down the left wing but the final pass at the top of the circle couldn’t connect.

Harte was pulled from his goal in the final two minutes but Irish pressure couldn’t convert as the world number 5’s held on for a 2-1 victory.

It was another narrow loss for Ireland following Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina, the world number seven side. India moved up to fifth by virtue of their recent run to the Champions Trophy final.

Germany ran up a 6-1 win over New Zealand while Argentina beat Spain 4-0 in the other games today. Wednesday is a rest day before Ireland meet host side Spain on Thursday.

Ireland: D Harte, J Jackson, R Gormley, M Watt, J Jermyn, P Caruth, K Shimmins, S O’Donoghue, M Darling, P Gleghorne, C Harte
Subs: J Bell, C Cargo, A Sothern, E Magee, M Bell, K Good

Six nations tournament (Valencia, June 27 to July 3), fixture schedule:
June 27:
Argentina 1 (J Gilardi) Ireland 0
June 28: Ireland 1 (K Good) India 2 (T Singh, S Singh)
June 30: Ireland v Spain, 8pm
July 2: Ireland v New Zealand, 10am
July 3: Ireland v Germany, 10am

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