Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: England beaten by Australia in final

India defeated Ireland 4-1 to seal fifth spot in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

India defeated Ireland 4-1 to seal fifth spot in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Indian Men's Hockey team upped their game against Ireland to beat them 4-1 and recover from a massive upset caused a day earlier in a fifth-sixth match of the ongoing Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia on Saturday.

India thus got consolation revenge for the 2-3 loss to Ireland in their last league stage match on Friday which had eliminated their already slim chances of qualifying for the medal rounds. Varun Kumar scored a penalty corner in the fifth minute to give the team a 1-0 lead.

India lost the first match 3-2 against Argentina and then went on to draw 1-1 against England.

Jamie Carr was in action first as he controlled his circle with an important boot to intercept a cross ball.

India earned another penalty corner in the 50th minute and a final one towards the end, but failed to convert. They dominated with ball possession and attempted four shots on goal.

Shilanand Lakra tapped in a high cross from Nilan Xess and India had a resounding 2-0 lead before half-time. Soon after India won another PC when Sumit Kumar found Irish defender's foot while forcing an assist from the baseline. This was the third goal of Lakra in this tournament.

Bobby Crutchley's team then enjoyed a prolonged spell of possession as they tried to force an equaliser and it nearly came in the 44th minute as Chris Griffiths did well to control a terrific Mark Gleghorne pass, but his bullet strike rippled the netting on the wrong side of the post. Ireland's lone goal came from the sticks of Julian Dale in the 48th minute.

India seemed to drop their game slightly in the third quarter with Ireland scoring two back-to-back goals in the 36th and 42nd minute through Sean Murray and Lee Cole respectively. It was brilliant play by Talwinder Singh, who received a good pass from Simranjeet Singh who laid it to Gurjant and the young striker from Punjab made no mistake in slotting the ball home. But managed to defeat India in this match.

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