Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Hockey: England 7 Malaysia 2

Hockey: England 7 Malaysia 2

Continuing their underwhelming performances at the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Asian hockey champions India on Friday went down 2-3 to Ireland and will now meet the European minnows in the fifth/sixth classification match on Saturday.

After a big win over Malaysia, it seemed that the Indian team has made a comeback and against Ireland they made a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute.

The dominant Australia, however, found hard to crack England's stubborn defence but Blake Govers finally made a the breakthrough in the 38th minute.

After rekindling their hopes of making the final with a convincing 5-1 win against Malaysia in their previous match, India looked for another win on the trot and got off to a start that reflected their intent.

Ramandeep Singh and Amit Rohidas scored one goal each for India while for Ireland, the goals were scored by O'Donoghue, Sean Murray and Lee Cole.

They got the lead with Ramandeep coming up with a great finish to direct the drag-flick into the net with a tap in after he had injected the ball perfectly for the drag-flicker Varun Kumar.

The attritional pattern continued in the third quarter until Govers smashed his penalty corner into the bottom left corner after winning the set piece himself as his shot just brushed an England foot.

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With 1-0 lead, India had to contain Ireland and ensure they stayed ahead.

But conceded an equaliser soon after through Shane O'Donoghue.

And Barry Middleton cleared a Malaysia short corner off the line, before Mark Gleghorne fired home the first England goal at the other end on 10 minutes.

India were awarded two more penalty corners later in the final quarter but failed to score both.

In the second quarter, forward Shilanand Lakra beat Ireland's goalkeeper Jamie Carr to double the lead to 2-0.

Australia won the circles entries count 16-10 along with the shots count seven to four, but the decisive factor was the Kookas' conversion from penalty corners taking two from three.

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