Azlan Shah Cup: India thrash Ireland to finish 5th


India ended their campaign at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament with a 4-1 academic win over Ireland to finish fifth in the final standings on Saturday.

Their hardwork bore fruit when they won a penalty corner with Lee Cole giving his team the shock lead in the 42nd minute.

But it was not enough to fully overturn the two goal advantage Australia had given themselves seconds before as Lachlan Sharp added to Blake Govers' early second half effort.

Against Ireland, India, who had thrashed Malaysia 5-1 on Thursday to rekindle their hopes of playing a match, bearing a medal, vied for another win on the trot and got on to a start that reflected this intent. But there was nothing he could do about India's opening goal as Ramandeep Singh dove in at the post to deflect home from Varun Kumar's initial penalty corner shot in the 10th minute.

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Simranjeet Singh was responsible to win another penalty corner for India in the 56th minute.

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.

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

India continued its attacking game in the second quarter and achieved success in the 28th minute when striker Shilanand beat Ireland goalkeeper Jamie Carr from close range after being fed by Nilam Sanjeep Xess's fierce pass from right side of the circle.

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Amit Rohidas roofed another penalty corner to restore India's lead but then Lisnagarvey's Murray tied things up when he met another Shimmins cross.

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.

Shilanand Lakra tapped in a high cross from Nilan Xess and India had a resounding 2-0 lead before half-time.

Though India had more circle entries, they could not make much of it thanks to Carr's attentiveness at the goalpost.

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