Ireland making World League progress

Ards' Zara Malseed
Ards' Zara Malseed

Ireland sit proudly at the top of their pool at the World League 2 tournament after beating Canada 2-1 in Dublin.

It was quite a dominant display from the Irish but they could have made more use of the many chances they created and were left hanging on after Canada scored late on.

Now Ireland will be expected to beat Turkey tomorrow to stay top and be rewarded with a less difficult quarter final.

The top two finishers overall will go through to the next stage of the 2016 Olympic qualifying process.

After Emma Gray had saved a Canadian penalty stroke early on it was all Ireland and they took the lead through Aine Connery in the 22nd minute.

Then Kate Dillon looked to have sealed victory when she made it 2-0 with just over two minutes remaining, both goals coming from set pieces. Canada pulled one back through Thea Culley within 60 seconds but Ireland managed to hold on to make it two wins out of two.

Ireland had made an impressive start to their campaign on Saturday as they coasted to a 5-0 win over Ukraine.

The hosts got off to a dream start when two goals from Anna O’Flanagan - both from open play - helped them into a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Cliodhna Sargent made it 3-0 with a clinical penalty corner conversion.

Ireland captain, Megan Frazer, added number four from the penalty spot after ‘feet’ on the line in the third period.

Aine Connery completed the scoring as she made it 5-0 from a set piece.

Results: World League 2: Sunday: Pool A: Canada 1 Ireland 2 (A. Connery, K. Dillon); Pool B: Austria 4 Lithuania 0; Chile 2 Belarus 1; Saturday: Pool A: Ireland 5 (A. O’Flanagan 2, C. Sargent, M. Frazer, A. Connery) Ukraine 0; Canada 5 Turkey 0; Pool B: Belarus 2 Austria 0; Chile 4 Lithuania 0.