Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

HOCKEY: Ireland seal first Shah Cup win to see off India

HOCKEY: Ireland seal first Shah Cup win to see off India

Having recovered from defeat against Australia in their first match of the competition to draw with India and Argentina, either side of a win against Ireland, Bobby Crutchley's side saw Hampstead & Westminster's two-time Olympian Harry Martin, formerly of Old Loughtonians, win his 100th England cap as they looked to secure their progress. Ireland lost their previous four matches.

India began strongly and earned back-to-back penalty corners in the fifth minute. Shane O'Donoghue scored Ireland's lone goal in the 57th minute to complete the final 4-1 scoreline.

The attritional pattern continued in the third quarter until Govers smashed his penalty corner into the bottom left corner after winning the set piece himself as his shot just brushed an England foot.

Instead it was England who finished second, following a 7-2 win over Malaysia during which Ulsterman Mark Gleghorne scored twice, and they will defend their trophy against Australia, who won their five games.

Bobby Crutchley's team then enjoyed a prolonged spell of possession as they tried to force an equaliser and it nearly came in the 44th minute as Chris Griffiths did well to control a terrific Mark Gleghorne pass, but his bullet strike rippled the netting on the wrong side of the post.

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After a scoreless first half, the Kookaburras took the lead when Blake Govers fired home from a penalty corner on 38 minutes.

India's next goal came off Gurjant in the 37th minute.

In the second quarter, forward Shilanand Lakra beat Ireland's goalkeeper Jamie Carr to double the lead to 2-0. While the team's defence contained the Irish from taking further lead, an infringement by Ireland helped India win a penalty corner. But Varun's effort was deflected by Irish rushers.

Having grabbed the lead on two occasions (1-0 in the 10th minute and 2-1 in the 26th minute), the Indian men's team fumbled in the end in their last round-robin match.

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