India draw 2-2 with Ireland in women’s hockey; win Test series 2-0
New Delhi: The series already in their pocket, Indian eves round off their Ireland tour with a 2-2 draw against the home team in the third and final hockey Test in Dublin.
India had earlier defeated Ireland 3-1 and 2-1 in the first two Tests of the tour, organised as part of the team’s preparation for the FIH Champions Challenge 1 beginning April 27 in Glasgow, Scotland.
While India’s Chan Chan Devi scored both the goals for India on Friday, Anna O’Flanagan found the back of the net twice for the hosts.
The third and final Test of the series started on a pacy note with both the teams adopting an attacking approach.
It was Ireland who broke the deadlock in the seventh minute through O’Flanagan.
India drew in the 31st minute through Chan Chan Devi to go into the breather locked at 1-1.
After the crossover, both the teams pressed hard in search of goals and it was India who eventually succeeded when Chan Chan Devi converted a penalty corner to score her second goal of the day.
Ireland, however, equalised just six minutes from the final hooter through O’Flanagan (64th minute), who pounced on a rebound after the initial shot was saved by India goalkeeper Savita.
India, thus, won the three-match series 2-0.