Women’s international test match
Ireland 0 India 3 (N Kaur, R Khokar, G Kaur)
Ireland’s women fell to a first defeat to India in eight outings as they went down 3-0 in Murcia on Sunday morning in the latest of their warm-weather series games this week.
They trailed when Navkot Kaur netted in the first quarter in her 150th international game and Reena Khokar made it 2-0 at the big break. Gurjit Kaur stretched out the lead in the second half.
The Green Army had their chances with a Nikki Evans shot coming off the inside of the post the pick of them but they could not force home from a couple of penalty corners.
Both teams opted for the direct route in the early phases with Anna O’Flanagan sending the ball towards goal but couldn’t find a team mate to get the vital deflection inside the opening minutes.
India, proving clinical throughout, got the scoreboard ticking before the end of the opening quarter from a well worked move down the left. Navjot Kaur did well to control the pass across the circle to her before sending a bobbly ball into the goal on the reverse.
Nicci Daly and Sinead Loughran were both showcasing their speed and skill to evade the Indian defence but the eventual shot spun just wide of the goal. Katie Mullan was next to cause the India defence some trouble as she evaded her marker to send a crash ball into the circle but again the final touch was missing.
India got their second on the verge of half time as Liz Murphy saved the initial penalty corner shot but Reena Khokhar pounced on the loose ball and dispatched the rebound.
In the second half, Shirley McCay and Mullan were next to test the India resolve with a crash ball across the circle followed by another penalty corner but a good save and clearance kept India’s two goal cushion intact despite the chances building for Ireland.
In a move that perhaps, unfortunately, epitomised Ireland’s day, Evans picked up a pass following great play from Mullan and Daly but saw her shot hit the inside of the post before ricocheting out.
The final minute of the tie saw India put the game firmly to bed as Gurjit Kaur sent a powerful drag flick low into the right corner.
The team now switch to Granada for two games against Spain – the World Cup bronze medalists – today, Wednesday and Thursday.
Ireland: L Murphy, S McCay, L Tice, R Upton, Y O’Byrne, B Barr, K Mullan (captain), L Colvin, A O’Flanagan, S Torrans, N Evans
Subs: E Buckley, H Matthews, H McLoughlin, S Barr, E Beatty, N Daly, S Loughran