IRELAND 2 NEW ZEALAND 9
The Irish defence were called into action almost from the off, making strong tackles inside the 25 as the Blacksticks came out of the blocks sprinting.
They scored their first of six first half goals in the 8th minute – a penalty corner turned in by Webster.
Katie Glynn chipped the crossbar on 12 minutes. Anita Punt converted from their second penalty corner with a high drag flick.
Ireland earned their first penalty corner on 17 minutes but failed to convert.
New Zealand’s third came from open play Gemma Flynn with a fine finish. Sophie Cocks converted their third penalty corner with a neat deflection. Punt was on the score sheet again in the 26th minute, from open play.
The pace of the Blacksticks attack was proving too strong for the Irish defence as they scored their sixth goal from their fourth penalty corner from the stick of Krystal Forgesson. Megan Frazer converted penalty corner number two for Ireland with a straight strike on 32 minutes to leave the half time score 6-1.
The Irish were first to score in the second half with Cliodhna Sargent’s penalty corner strike, on her 149th cap, finding the back board in the 40th minute.
New Zealand struck again three minutes later through Olivia Merry scored from a penalty corner and on 55 minutes she got her second from open play.
The final goal of the came a minute later when Flynn found the backboards.
Ireland had a great chance in the 68m as Nicola Evans found Watkins in the circle but her touch was just wide. The Green Army worked hard but were outclassed by World Number 4 New Zealand who were clinical with their finish.
Irish Coach Smith said: “Credit to New Zealand they are top quality opposition who scored some really nice goals and had some excellent passages of play.
“As a group we are disappointed as we gave New Zealand too much space and thought, as a defence, we have had better performances in the past.
“Canada will be a tough opponent tomorrow (Sunday) but we look forward to the challenge”
Starting XI Gray (GK), Sargent, Smyth, Speers, McCay, Frazer (Capt), Carroll, Matthews, O Flanagan, Pinder, Meeke.
Subs All used: Davis (GK), Evans, Watkins, Daly, Duke, Dillon, O Byrne
Saturday 12 July
Canada 0-2 Chile (Lagos, Garcia)
Ireland 2 (Frazer, Sargent) New Zealand 9 (Punt 2, Forgesson , Flynn 2, Webster, Merry 2, Cocks)
Sunday 13 July
Chile v New Zealand 1pm
Ireland v Canada 3:15pm