India hockey eves beat Ireland 2-1, pocket series

PTI| Updated: Apr 18, 2014, 14:45 PM IST

New Delhi: The Indian women`s hockey team continued their impressive show and defeated Ireland 2-1 in a keenly-contested second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Dublin.

India had earlier defeated Ireland 3-1 in the first Test of the tour, orgainsed as part of the team`s preparation for the FIH Champions Challenge 1 beginning April 27 in Glasgow, Scotland.

In the second Test yesterday, the Indian eves opened the account in the 18th minute when Soundarya Yendala converted a penalty corner.

India doubled the lead two minutes later through Sunita`s (20th) field goal.

But Ireland pulled one back just at the stroke of half time through Nicola Evans` field effort.

India were the dominant side on display in the first half while Ireland played catch-up hockey.

After the change of ends, both India and Ireland fought hard and concentrated on tightening its defense to prevent any further damage.

The final game of the series will be played later tonight.