FIH Series : Ireland edge Malaysia

The hosts were welcomed by a huge home support rooting for them and they very much kept up the trend of the day.

Ireland also scored in the third minute as Beth Barr, playing her first FIH event, converted Shirley McKay’s slap from a penalty corner.

Malaysia looked a lot better after conceding an early goal and entered the Irish circle as many as six times in the first quarter but couldn’t create any problems for the Irish keeper Ayeisha McFerran.

In the second half, Ireland capitalised on some errors made by Malaysia as Irish skipper Kathryn Mullan doubled their lead.

The hosts kept up the pressure and had another chance just two minutes later but Malaysian keeper Farah Yahya made an excellent save to keep the ball out.

In the last five minutes of the game, Malaysia pulled one goal back in what appeared to be a bit of lapse in concentration from the hosts.

The last few nervy minutes saw Anna O’Flanagan come close to scoring the third goal for Ireland but her diving attempt couldn’t help her put the ball behind the net.

The hosts managed to hold on to their lead and earn 3 points from their first match of the tournament.

Results

Scotland 2, France 1 (Pool B)

Ireland 2, Malaysia 1 (Pool A)

Korea 5, Ukraine 0 (Pool B)

Czech Republic 5, Singapore 0 (Pool A

The action continues tomorrow (9th June):

1100 (GMT) Ukraine – France (Pool B)

1300 (GMT) Scotland – Korea (Pool B)

1500 (GMT) Czech Republic – Ireland (Pool A)

1700 (GMT) Malaysia – Singapore (Pool A)