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Zoe Wilson seals remarkable Irish fightback against Spain

By John Flack

Published 19/01/2016

Late show: Zoe Wilson’s first Irish goal was a match winner
Late show: Zoe Wilson’s first Irish goal was a match winner

Zoe Wilson hit a dramatic late winner as Ireland stormed back from two goals down to beat Spain 3-2 in yesterday's international in Valencia.

The Randalstown midfielder, who is now playing most of her hockey at Syracuse University in the United States, banged home a penalty corner with four minutes left after her team had trailed 2-0 at half-time.

The 18-year-old has been playing in a more withdrawn role for Ireland on the right of the defence but her prowess at set-pieces has been evident since she was a pupil at Ballyclare High School.

Wilson, who helped Randalstown lift the Denman Ulster Shield on Boxing Day, won her first senior international cap in Friday night's opening defeat.

Now, thanks to her last-gasp goal, Ireland can square the series with a win in today's final game, having lost 2-1 in the second match at the weekend.

Megan Frazer, who scored the consolation goal on Saturday, and her injured Ulster Elks club mate Shirley McCay, were among several big-name absentees yesterday but their replacements performed well.

Maria Tost and Marta Segu had given the Spaniards, who are preparing for the Rio Olympics, a 2-0 lead after only 17 minutes.

But Chloe Watkins, deputising for Frazer as captain, fired home a penalty corner rebound in the 43rd minute and set up Naomi Carroll to equalise six minutes into the final quarter.

Wilson then pounced to give her side the lead and the Irish defence held firm to close out a memorable victory.

Today: Spain v Ireland (11.30am).

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