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Bell is eager to see more intent after shock loss

Ireland's men fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Malaysia in their second encounter at the Four Nations tournament in Barcelona last night (stock photo)
Ireland's men fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Malaysia in their second encounter at the Four Nations tournament in Barcelona last night (stock photo)

By John Flack

Ireland's men fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Malaysia in their second encounter at the Four Nations tournament in Barcelona last night.

The Asians, at 12th in the world, are ranked one place below Ireland, who had drawn 3-3 with England in their opening game on Thursday.

However, Malaysia had defeated their higher-ranked Spanish hosts in their first game and continued their impressive form against Jonny Bell's team last night.

The Lisnagarvey defender said: "We had a lot of intent and energy against England in what was an encouraging performance so we will need to replicate that in our final game against Spain."

Once again, Ireland went ahead last night, having led 2-0 against England 24 hours earlier, as Shane O'Donoghue fired a penalty corner high into the net in the ninth minute.

But the Malaysians hit back straight from the restart when Saari Fitri levelled matters.

Razie Rahim then coolly converted a set-piece for the winner three minutes into the second period.

Tomorrow: Spain v Ireland (11am).

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