Indian women’s hockey team draw 1-1 with Ireland

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Murcia: Gurjit Kaur’s score helped Indian women’s hockey team to play out a 1-1 draw with Ireland in the opening friendly match at Murcia in Spain on Friday.

Indian team got off to a good start as they made their first breakthrough in the fourth minute but unfortunately missed as Irish goalkeeper Emma Buckley defended it brilliantly.

However, the Indian team made up no mistake in putting the ball in the net with Gurjit’s score in the 18th minute.

India’s 1-0 lead put the Irish on the backfoot. While India defended the lead well with a disciplined structure, the Irish pushed an elusive goal in the 45th minute through Sarah Hawkshaw that levelled the score to 1-1.

While the final quarter saw both teams play at par with each other, India remained resolute in their defence.

India’s goalkeeper Savita made a brilliant attempt to deny Ireland a goal off a PC minutes before the final hooter ending the match in a stalemate.

The visitors will end their 10-day tour of Spain with the second and final friendly match against Ireland on Sunday.

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