After the staccato performance against Wales, Ireland’s women bounced back with an impressive victory over Scotland in Newtownabbey on a day when Shirley McCay played in her 150th international match, donning the armband.
Ireland put in a “faltering performance” as they drew with world number 27 side Wales this afternoon as Katrin Budd’s late goal saw Wales earn a share of the spoils on a day when Alex Speers was awarded her 150th international cap.
Shirley McCay and Alex Speers will both win their 150th international caps this week as Ireland play four senior international challenge matches as the Irish women’s team make a first ever appearance at the recently upgraded Glade in Newtownabbey.
Deirdre Duke’s first senior international goal saw Ireland take a share of the evening’s spoils against Canada and also split their three-game series with a win a piece prior to this 4-4 draw.
Ireland’s senior women bounced back from Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Canada to level the series with the decider set for Tuesday evening (7.30pm, Belfield).
Nikki Symmons was not given the win she wanted to mark her 200th cap as Ireland succumbed 3-2 to world ranked number 23 side Canada at a wet and windy Belfield.
Kate Dillon is finding life a whole lot busier since finally being called up to the central panel of the Irish senior women’s hockey team.
Nikki Symmons will become the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass 200 caps tomorrow when the national hockey team takes on Canada as preparations continue for August’s European championships.
The three Irish Masters women’s teams played Wales on Friday afternoon recording two strong wins and a draw to get their busy weekend of action off to a good start.
Darren Smith described some of Ireland’s play as “thoughtless” as they fell to a frustrating 4-3 loss to Scotland as their attacking play improved in parts but defensively his side were punished.
Lisa Jaocb’s 69th minute equaliser saw Ireland snatch a 2-2 draw against Scotland in Edinburgh in their first build-up game to August’s European championships this afternoon.
An extensive build-up campaign toward the European championships begins on Monday for the Irish women as Darren Smith’s new look squad as they take on Scotland before meeting South Africa in Peffermill on Tuesday.
Darren Smith has left out the vastly experienced quartet of Cliodhna Sargent, Sinead McCarthy, Miriam Crowley and Aine Connery from the Irish women’s senior squad for the foreseeable future.
Three goals in a four minute spell either side of half-time proved the difference as Germany bounced back from Friday’s defeat to record a 5-2 win over Ireland, sharing the series.
Ireland’s men produced a superb performance to beat reigning Olympic champions Germany 3-2 in Heilbronn last night in their first build-up game for the World League round three.
Andrew Meredith looks set to hand international debuts to Lisnagarvey duo James Lorimer and Daniel Buser having named a 20-man Irish squad for three tests against Olympic champions Germany later this month.
The IHA have confirmed a series of 11 initial fixtures this summer in the build-up to August’s European championships in August as the Irish women attempt to bounce back from their World League elimination.
Ahmad Tajuddin’s pair helped Malaysia make it three from three as Ireland’s World League 2 warm-up games completed earlier today with a 3-1 loss in the Bukit Jalil stadium.
Mixed fortunes for the Irish senior teams in their World League preparatory games as the women saw off Spain 1-0 but the men fell 3-0 in Kuala Lumpur against Malaysia
Ireland produced a slightly lethargic opening performance against Malaysia yesterday in their first warm-up game ahead of the World League round two, lining out within a day of travelling to South East Asia