Day Five: The Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup

Ireland World Cup

There were jubilant scenes as Ireland edged past India 1-0 to secure a place in the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup quarter finals.

Ireland’s second victory after defeating the USA 3-1 in their opener moves them top of pool B and out of reach which sees them head straight to the quarter finals.

Elsewhere Spain were 7-1 winners over South Africa to all but end their campaign while the Spanish take on Germany in their final match to determine whether they head to the quarter-finals or the crossovers.

It was a tight opening quarter between Ireland and India but the Irish side led heading into the first break as Deidre Duke deflected home from Ireland’s first penalty corner of the game.

The game opened up after the first break with India looking much more dangerous and forcing Ayeisha McFerran into action, but she was equal to the tasks as Ireland took their lead into the half-time interval.

McFerran had to be at her very best once again in the third quarter as she made a stunning diving save to stop a Gurjit Kaur drag-flick.

India continued to desperately press for an equaliser but couldn’t find a way past McFerran in goal and her determined Irish defence as they secured their victory and with it top spot in pool B.

The final pool B games take place on Sunday 29 July with plenty still to be decided. Ireland have topped the group and can’t be caught while England, USA and India can all still be eliminated.

Spain raced into the lead through Riera in just the second minute and doubled their lead before the first break as Bonastre found the net as the Spanish dominated from the off.

However South Africa settled after the break and were able to keep Spain out for the entire second quarter. After the break this work was rewarded as Kara-Lee Botes pulled one back from a penalty corner.

Unfortunately their optimism was short lived as Spain responded by netting three times without reply before the final break as Petchame scored twice and Salvatella was also on target.

Spain put the result beyond any doubt in the final fifteen minutes as Riera grabbed her second before Bonastre scored Spain’s seventh in the 55th minute.

The result means South Africa’s chances of reaching the knockout stages are all but over while Spain will take on Germany in their final pool C fixture.