HOCKEY: Ireland lose to Canada

Megan Frazer on the move for Ireland
Megan Frazer on the move for Ireland


The final match in the series saw Ireland lose 3-2 in what was their final warm up match before World League 3 in Valencia.

Ireland were looking to make it three wins in a row against Canada.

The Canadians had other ideas however and converted a penalty corner early in the game to take a 1-0 lead.

The Canadians highlighted just how lethal their attack can be when they scored a second goal early in the second quarter

But Ireland were quick to respond and Naomi Carroll scored one minute later, making it 2-1.

The goals didn’t stop there and some skilful stick work by Canada helped them beat the Irish defence and score again, 3-1.

The first half came to a close with both sides earning penalty corners and both defensive units dealing with the danger to keep the score at 3-1.

The second half began with a brace of chances for Ireland, which were soon followed by a penalty corner.

Ireland had to get an early goal in the fourth quarter to give themselves a chance of sealing a victory and they duly obliged.

Captain Megan Frazer stepped up and scored a stunning goal from a penalty corner to bring the score to 3-2.

As the clock ticked down Ireland made the decision to pull off their goalie in place of another outfielder in a bid to tie the game.

But the Canadian defence held their structure and the game finished at 3-2.

Ireland’s loss meant that the series ended in a 2-2 draw.

“It was a demanding 14 days away with seven tests against two quality teams. Canada started the match with more intensity compared to us and were able to, as a result, score 3 first half goals.

“In the second it was a different picture as we chased the match and created multiple opportunities with Canada happy to defend” said Coach Darren Smith.