Chile take laurels from game three in Santiago

Women’s international test match
Chile 3 (Caram, Urroz, Maldonado) Ireland 0

Chile took the laurels from game three of four in Santiago as they secured a 3-0 win over Ireland at the Manquehue club.

The opening exchanges of this fixture weren’t hugely different to the previous two matches in the series with both teams taking some time to settle and create real chances on goal.

Chile’s Camila Caram. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Lena Tice was on hand to loft aerials over the high Chilean press but the hosts defence kept the Irish attackers quiet. Ali Meeke continued her good form and Hannah Matthews sent some long pin-point passes into the danger zone but Claudia Schuler was hand to make the saves when needed.

There was little to separate the teams in the possession stats but two converted penalty corners were the difference for Chile going into the half. Camila Caram fired a straight shot from the top of the circle in the 21st minute to put her side in front and Manuela Urroz doubled the lead with another well worked penalty corner routine.

The Green Army weren’t without chances of their own and replied by winning a penalty corner a minute later but Roisin Upton didn’t fully connect with her shot and the chance went amiss.

Efforts on goal were few and far between in the second half with much of the game taking place in midfield or being passed around the respective backlines waiting for an opening that rarely appeared.

Chile extended their lead via their third successful penalty corner routine, this time Maria Maldonado adding her name to the scoresheet.

The Green Army chased a goal of their own but an effort off the post and another cleared from the line with Schuler beat summed up the small margins of the game that saw Chile convert three penalty corners and walk away victors.

Ireland: E Murphy, A Naughton, Y O’Byrne, A Elliott, S Barr, E Tice, R Upton, N Daly, S Hawkshaw, D Duke, B Barr
Subs: N Evans (Captain), R Maguire, A McFerran, H Matthews, S Torrans, A Meeke, G Frazer

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