Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: India thrash Ireland to finish a disappointing fifth

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Indian Men's Hockey Team Suffers Shock 2-3 Loss To Ireland

For India Varun Kumar (5th, 32nd minutes) scored a brace, while Shilanand Lakra (28th) and Gurjant Singh (37th) found the bet once each.

While the team's defence contained the Irish from taking further lead, an infringement by Ireland helped India win a penalty corner.

Having lost their previous four games, Ireland came into the match as underdogs against an India side that still harboured hopes of qualifying for the medal games.

Ireland went into the game under-strength with Eugene Magee, Sean Murray and Stephen Cole all suffering illness after Friday's game. With the third quarter drawing to a close, Ireland won their second penalty corner and this time Lee Cole sneaked between the Indian goalkeeper and the defenders to deflect the low flick inside the cage as Ireland took the lead for the first time in the contest to make it 3-2.

India, however, will have a chance to avenge the loss when they met Ireland again on Saturday in a 5th-6th playoff clash.

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Ramandeep Singh's penalty corner put India ahead against the Irish but O'Donoghue levelled matters when he slammed home a Kirk Shimmins cross.

Ramandeep Singh (10') and Amit Rohidas (26') scored for India while Shane O'Donoghue (24'), Sean Murray (36') and Lee Cole (42') scored the victor for Ireland. With 10 minutes remaining the favourites claimed their fourth goal with Jake Harvie steering in a cross from Beale. India denied Ireland their first PC of a match with a decision for video referral that was ruled in India's favour. The young lad from Sundergarh, Odisha ensured he didn't miss out on the opportunity as he beat Ireland's goalkeeper Jamie Carr, doubling India's lead to 2-0.

India will next play in the 5th/6th place classification match on March 10. Talwinder Singh received a good pass from Simranjeet Singh and laid it to Gurjant who made no mistake in slotting the ball home.

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

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