Azlan Shah Cup shows the scale of Ireland's task in World Cup

Azlan Shah Cup shows the scale of Ireland's task in World Cup

India finished a disappointing fifth at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament after handing out a 4-1 drubbing to Ireland here on Saturday.

Having recovered from defeat against Australia in their first match of the competition to draw with India and Argentina, either side of a win against Ireland, Bobby Crutchley's side saw Hampstead & Westminster's two-time Olympian Harry Martin, formerly of Old Loughtonians, win his 100th England cap as they looked to secure their progress.

With Craig Fulton's Irish suffering in the heat and humidity, India led 2-0 at half-time after goals by Varun Kumar and Shilanand Lakra. Ireland's sole goal came from the sticks of Julian Dale in the 48th minute.

India will next play in the 5th/6th place match on March 10.

Australia won the circles entries count 16-10 along with the shots count seven to four, but the decisive factor was the Kookas' conversion from penalty corners taking two from three. India denied Ireland its first penalty corner with a video referral that was ruled in India's favour.

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The second quarter saw India up their energy and constantly attacked the Irish circle. The young lad from Sundergarh, Odisha ensured he didn't miss out on the opportunity as he beat Ireland's goalkeeper Jamie Carr, doubling India's lead to 2-0.

However, India's level dropped considerably in the third quarter and Ireland took full advantage of it by scoring twice in the space of two minutes.

In the 26th minute though, Amit Rohidas helped India reclaim the lead with a splendid penalty corner conversion, finding the top of the net with a fiercely-struck dragflick.

The attritional pattern continued in the third quarter until Govers smashed his penalty corner into the bottom left corner after winning the set piece himself as his shot just brushed an England foot. Talwinder Singh received a good pass from Simranjeet Singh and laid it to Gurjant who made no mistake in slotting the ball home.