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Coach Smith delighted as Ireland flourish in the heat

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By Staff Reporter

Ireland warmed up for next week's World League 3 tournament with a 2-0 win over Chile in the heat of Valencia yesterday.

National coach Darren Smith was pleased with the work-out as his players had to cope with temperatures in the low 30s.

"We were relatively in control of the game in what were very hot conditions which we expect will be similar during the tournament when all our Pool games will be at 1pm or 3pm," said the New Zealander.

UCD striker Anna O'Flanagan opened the scoring with a penalty corner deflection in the first half and Railway Union's Kate Dillon made it 2-0 after the break.

Chile are ranked lower than Ireland, who had beaten them by the same scoreline in Dublin in the teams' last meeting.

There is a possibility they could meet again in the tournament which represents Ireland's last chance of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

Ireland begin their campaign next Wednesday when they take on South Africa, who at 11th in the world are ranked three places higher, and their first objective will be to finish in the top four in their Pool.

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