Ireland fail to drive home advantage against India

Ireland's Megan Frazer
Ireland's Megan Frazer

The Ireland women’s hockey team fell to a 3-1 defeat against India on Tuesday night in the opening game of a three-match test series in Dublin which both teams are using as part of the preparation for the Champions Challenge tournament in Glasgow.

It was the proverbial game of two halves as the hosts fully deserved their 1-0 interval lead before India stepped up the pace after the break.

Former Ballymoney striker Megan Frazer gave Ireland the perfect start when she scored after only three minutes.

Ireland continued to play some decent hockey for the remainder of the opening 35 minutes without being able to add to their tally.

But India got better as the game wore on and they levelled matters in the 37th minute when Pootna Rani found the net with the aid of the woodwork.

Riju Rani made it 2-1 to the tourists in the 61st minute and Sunta Lakra wrapped things up with a third goal with two minutes on the clock.

Wednesday: Ireland v India (7.30pm)