FINAL POSITIONS: 1.USA, 2.Ireland, 3.South Africa, 4.Spain, 5.Korea, 6.Belgium, 7.Scotland, 8.India
Ireland competed well from the start opening up the scoring in the 3rd minute from an unconventional corner routine which paid off, Captain Megan Frazer with the raised shot which was batted down and in by striker Emma Smyth to make it 1-0.
Both sides battled hard but the USA finally recovered one goal in the 25th minute when Selenski slammed home from close range to make it 1-1. USA took the lead in the 33rd minute thanks to a set piece corner, Nichols with the conversion just deflecting it over the keeper.
Ireland started the better in the second half but despite a penalty corner in the 44th minute and a few open chances they just couldn’t capitalise and USA put the match beyond Ireland’s reach in the 58th minute when Katie O’Donnell made it 3 on the 2nd phase of the penalty corner.
Ireland had a great chance in the 58th minute to pull one back with a great drive from Nikki Evans down the baseline just popping the ball back to the diving Emma Smyth who just couldn’t get the vital touch.
Ireland fought to the end but despite their best efforts the USA closed the match out with a 3-1 win.