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Ireland must improve discipline warns Megan Frazer

By John Flack

Published 15/06/2015

Eyes on goal: Megan Frazer’s side enjoyed win over Uruguay
Eyes on goal: Megan Frazer’s side enjoyed win over Uruguay

Ireland captain Megan Frazer is confident her team can learn from Saturday's narrow 3-2 win over Uruguay at the World League 3 tournament in Valencia as they prepare for tomorrow's final Pool match with the United States.

The win over the South Americans guaranteed Ireland a place in the quarter-finals later in the week and keeps their chances of qualifying for Rio 2016 alive.

But it was a far cry from earlier performances against South Africa and Germany as Ireland almost threw the game away after establishing a 2-0 lead albeit without playing particularly well.

They then pressed the self-destruct button as four players were sent to the sin-bin and two received green cards meaning that Ireland played a minute short of half the match with only 9 or 10 players on the pitch.

Uruguay took advantage to draw level before a late winner from Aine Connery earned her team a second win in three matches after Nikki Evans and Anna O'Flanagan had scored earlier to put Ireland 2-0 up.

"Playing nine against 11 isn't something we trained for so we will certainly have to improve our discipline," said Ulster Elks player Frazer.

"That put us under unnecessary pressure but I was pleased with the way we regained our composure. We are through to the quarter-finals which was our first target and now we are looking forward to playing the USA.

"We made a few silly mistakes when we played them a few weeks ago in three matches so we will be aiming to eradicate those and keep 11 players on the pitch as well."

Results - Saturday: Pool A: Great Britain 2 Argentina 0; Spain 3 Canada 0; Pool B: Ireland 3 Uruguay 2; South Africa 1 USA 4 ; Sunday: Pool A: Canada 2 Great Britain 4; China 0 Argentina 3; Pool B: Uruguay 1 South Africa 1; Germany 2 USA 2 .

Standings - Pool A: 1.Great Britain: played 3 points 9; 2.Spain 3-6; 3.Argentina 3-6; 4. China 3-3; 5. Canada 4-0.

Pool B: 1.Germany played 3 points 7; 2. USA 3-7; 3. Ireland 3-6; 4. South Africa 3-1; 5. Uruguay 4-1.

Tomorrow: Pool A: Great Britain v China (12noon); Argentina v Spain (6pm); Pool B: USA v Ireland (2pm); South Africa v Germany (4pm).

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