Korea came from behind to defeat India 4-2 in the last match of the opening day of FIH Champions Challenge 1 (Women’s) in Glasgow, Scotland. Ireland came back twice to hold South Africa for 2-2 draw, while Belgium edged past hosts Scotland 2-1 and USA defeated Spain by 3-1 in other matches of the day.
The Indian eves had a confident start of the match but went down fighting to Korea. India opened the score card in the 12th minute through Vandana Katariya’s field goal with a well placed back-handed shot. This got the Koreans on the back foot but they regrouped and attacked immediately to score the equalizer goal from the stick of Mihyun Park in 14th minute. The Koreans again scored in the 24th minute on PC via KIM Jong Eun and 28th minute via a field goal by CHEON EunBi in a goal-mouth melee taking the scorecard to 3-1 at the end of the first half.
The Indian team maintained a steady attack in the second half but was unable to stop the opponent to score its 4th goal in the 42nd minute on a PC LEE YoungSil. The Indian women did not give up and in the 69th minute they scored their 2nd goal through Poonam Rani’s field goal that was too little and too late.
Ireland drew 2-2 with South Africa in their opening match. Ireland started the match looking very fresh creating opportunities to goal score but with no Irish conversions in the first half it was South Africa who took their opportunity in the 12th minute when Sulette Damon converted after Chamberlains initial shot ricocheted back out for Damon to tip in.
Ireland had early chances with a penalty corner in the 4th minute but Audrey O’Flynn’s drag was saved, before Megan Frazer’s set piece was denied after Anna O’Flanagan battled well to secure Ireland their second penalty corner.
Ireland’s team combined well throughout the first half showing flair but as South Africa gained momentum they applied the pressure in the final ten minutes, but Ireland’s team worked well to keep the second goal out and the first half closed out 1-0 to South Africa.
Ireland started keenly in the second half which produced early end to end play and included an early Emma Gray save. Ireland produced their goal with style in the 44th minute after Gillian Pinder laid off for a pacy Anna O’Flanagan to drive into the circle and cross shot for a sliding Naomi Carroll to covert from a full stretch to make it 1-1.
South Africa were back in the lead just minutes later when a cross shot gave South Africa a soft goal, Chamberlain claiming the honours this time to give her side a 2-1 lead.
Ireland had a good chance to secure their second goal from their third penalty corner after good Anna O’Flanagan play but the set piece didn’t produce the shot. A minute later they secured their 4th, 5th and on the 6th Audrey O’Flynn put pace behind her drag flick for a low shot to make it 2-2.
The game closed out in end to end fashion with opportunities created for both sides but after an exciting match the game finished 2-2.