Ireland finish bottom of Pool after defeat to USA

Ireland's Gillian Pinder
Ireland's Gillian Pinder

The Ireland women’s hockey team finished bottom of their Pool at the Champions Challenge after a disappointing 3-0 defeat by the United States in Glasgow.

The result means that the Irish will probably meet gold medal favourites Korea in the quarter finals.

The first game of the day ended in stalemate between South Africa and Spain meaning that Ireland needed to avoid defeat to be sure of avoiding Korea.

But after conceding three goals in the first half there was no way back for the Irish who had come from behind in their opening two matches.

A single goal loss would have seen them finish third in the section but it never looked possible against the sharp looking Americans.

The first two goals came from poorly defended penalty corners in the opening 18 minutes.

The third was a skilful effort from play as Katy O’Donnell jinked her way into a shooting position before beating the keeper.

Ireland had a ‘goal’ disallowed near the break when Gillian Pinder drove the ball home from the edge of the circle but the umpire controversially adjudged that it had been struck from out side the ‘D.’

Darren Smith’s side enjoyed more possession after the break but were unable to seriously test the USA keeper.

Ireland now go into the last eight and should they lose their first game in the next phase, will be fighting it out for places five to eight in the tournament.