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Gutted Irish turn attention to their New Zealand trip

Published 18/03/2016

Ireland assistant coach Arlene Boyles
Ireland assistant coach Arlene Boyles

Ireland's women came back down to earth with a bump when they lost 7-1 to Great Britain in the final game of the series at Bisham Abbey yesterday.

GB had won the hard-fought first two games 1-0 but turned on the style in the third match as they raced into a 5-0 interval lead and ran out clear winners.

Ireland assistant coach Arlene Boyles said: "We tried a few things in the first-half but we were disappointed.

"But we played much better in the second-half and the priority is to get some rest ahead of the Hawkes Bay tournament in New Zealand next month."

Loreto's Hannah Matthews scored Ireland's second-half consolation from a penalty corner rebound.

Ireland will come up against eight other Rio 2016-bound teams in New Zealand.

China, who ended Irish hopes with a penalty shoot-out win in qualifying, will be among the teams competing and the squad for the trip to Hawkes Bay will be named next week.

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