HOCKEY: Anna O’Flanagan marks her 100th Ireland cap with a goal

Anna O'Flanagan of Ireland
Anna O'Flanagan of Ireland

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Anna O’Flanagan celebrated reaching 100 caps with a goal as Ireland claimed a spirited 3-1 victory in the third match in their series against Canada.

The third instalment signalled another special milestone with O’Flanagan making her 100th international appearance for the green army.

O’Flanagan earned her first cap in 2010 against Scotland and has been an ever-present member of the squad since.

And her century of caps was marked with a fine win – and a goal.

It took Ireland under three minutes to score the opening goal of the match.

Chloe Brown put a well-placed strike past the keeper to give her side the lead.

The ever-threatening Canadian side responded quickly though and the match was soon level at 1-1.

The second quarter saw the green army move up a gear and increase their pace of play.

As the clock ticked down, Ireland earned three penalty corners in a row.

The first half came to a close with the score remaining at 1-1, a credit to the Canadian defence who kept the Irish attack at bay.

It was the Canadians who came out with an increased tempo in the third quarter and called the Irish defence into action.

It wasn’t long before the women in green had chances of their own with a penalty corner and consistent pressure.

The goal finally came and it was O’Flanagan who gave Ireland a 2-1 lead.

The Canadians were issued a green card as the third quarter ticked down.

The final quarter saw the green army earn another penalty corner and it was captain Megan Frazer who calmly converted from the well-worked set piece and put Ireland 3-1 up.

The collective team effort of the green army didn’t let-up for the rest of the game and as the final whistle sounded Ireland took a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.