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Anna O'Flanagan's double sparks comeback win for Irish women

By John Flack

A late winner from Anna O'Flanagan secured Ireland an impressive 3-2 victory over Belgium at the Four Nations tournament in Dublin yesterday.

There were just eight minutes left when the Hermes striker notched her fourth goal in two matches following a penalty corner from Ulster's Megan Frazer.

Anouk Raes and Jill Boon had scored on either side of O'Flanagan's equaliser as the Belgians went into a 2-1 lead.

But Katie Mullan levelled in the 52nd minute before O'Flanagan sealed the deal as Ireland finished the day at the top of the table with a game against Chile to come tomorrow (7pm).

On Saturday, former Ballymoney player Mullan won her 100th cap as two goals apiece from Frazer and O'Flanagan helped Ireland to a 4-1 victory over Scotland.

Meanwhile, Ireland's U18 girls finished in sixth place at the European Championship in Cork after falling to a 6-1 defeat against Spain in their final match.

However, Steven Arbuthnot's girls had already achieved their target of staying in the top-flight following their earlier 1-0 win over Poland.

The boys came from 2-1 down to draw 2-2 with Italy to ensure sixth place and maintain their top-flight status.

Lisnagarvey striker Matthew Nelson came up trumps, setting up Matthew Crookshanks (Annadale) for the first goal and then swept home their crucial equaliser near the end.

Four Nations (Dublin): Saturday: Ireland 4 Scotland 1; Belgium 2 Chile 1

Sunday: Belgium 2 Ireland 3; Scotland 2 Chile 2.

European U18 Championships (Cork): Boys: Ireland 2 Italy 2 (Ireland finish 6th); Spain 6 Czech Republic 1 (Spain finish 5th); Bronze: Belgium 2 England 2 (Belgium won shoot-out 2-1); Gold: Germany 4 Netherlands 3.

Girls: 7th-8th: Russia 9 Poland 2; 5th-6th: Spain 6 Ireland 1; Bronze: England 1 Belgium 1 (England won shoot-out 3-2); Final: Netherlands 2 Germany 0.

Tomorrow: Four Nations (Dublin): Belgium v Scotland (5pm); Ireland v Chile (7pm).

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