IRELAND’S EuroHockey hopes got here to an abrupt finish in Amsterdam on Wednesday as their remaining pool sport towards Spain ends in a draw.
The one all draw eliminated all risk for the aspect to progress to the EuroHockey semis as Spain advance because of aim distinction all through their pool video games.
Eire got an excellent begin from Roisin Upton, who discovered the again of the online simply three minutes into the ultimate pool sport.
The aim was created by her Catholic Institute team-mate Naomi Carroll, who gained an early penalty nook creating the prospect. Upton’s drag took a small deflection off a Spanish defender earlier than it flew previous spanish keeper, Maria Ruiz.
With the one level on the board, Eire spent many of the sport defending towards the dominant Spanish aspect. Ayeisha McFerran’s supreme goalkeeping and a few advantageous line defending from the Irish was the one factor conserving the rating of their favour.
The Spanish equaliser got here within the the thirteenth minute from one other swift nook as Maria Lopez picked out Begona Garcia on the again submit from the place her exact shot discovered the Irish aim.
The dominant Spanish aspect remained proficient as Eire continued to react to the Spanish assault, exhibiting little signal of scoring or returning the strain.
Each the Irish forwards and midfield had been continuously dropping deep to assist the defensive effort and there was hardly ever an out ball for the Irish, leading to them repeatedly freely giving possession cheaply.
Regardless of the constant strain utilized by Spain, they didn’t discover a second aim. Regardless of coming shut on many events, Spain appeared to search out themselves on the unfortunate aspect of all makes an attempt. Maria Lopez’s nook strike hit the submit, having taken a deflection off Katie Mullan’s stick. Tice and Roisin Upton mixed to disclaim Lucia Jimenez on the road after Garcia had set her up in entrance of aim, whereas McFerran made a advantageous double save from Berta Bonastre and Alicia Magaz 4 minutes from time earlier than saving Carlota Petchame’s nook strike within the remaining minute.
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