April 18, 2021, 5:24

Ireland through to first-ever Hockey World Cup Final

Ireland through to first-ever Hockey World Cup Final

Ireland are through to a first-ever Hockey World Cup Final.

After a 1-1 draw at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Ireland won the shoot-out 3-2, with Gillian Pinder scoring twice as the contest went to sudden death.

Ireland have been the surprise package of the tournament after going in as the second-lowest-ranked team then topping a group containing hosts England and India.

They made a dream start to the semi-final, with Anna O’Flanagan touching in a penalty corner after only three minutes. But Spain began to exert some concerted pressure and nine minutes into the third quarter, Alicia Magaz equalised.

That was the way it stayed until full-time, meaning a second shoot-out for Ireland following their quarter-final victory over India.

The girls in green progress after beating Spain 3-2 on penalties.

Meanwhile, the Lord Mayor of Dublin says he will be organising a Civic Reception for the Irish women’s hockey team.

Nial Ring says they’ve done the country proud.

The Taoiseach has joined in praise of the Irish women’s hockey team.

Leo Varadkar has tweeted, saying the Green Army are an inspiration to the country.

Sports Minister Shane Ross has also added his voice to the celebrations saying he is proud of the Irish Women’s team as they head into the World Cup Final tomorrow.

Source: breakingnews.ie

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