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Boss Passmore upbeat as Irish go close again

 

By John Flack

Ireland's newly-formed indoor women's team were just four minutes away from securing a draw with South Africa in Durban last night only to go down 2-1 for the second game in a row.

It was another encouraging display from Dave Passmore's side, who are using the six-match series to prepare for their return to the European Championship after a gap of 29 years.

The Irish coach said: "It was a much better display than in the opening match. We played some good indoor hockey and had several spells of dominance.

"But we are still at an early stage in the learning process and the next step will be to try to force more penalty corners as we had only one for the second game in a row."

Edith Molikoe put South Africa ahead after seven minutes but Orla Patton equalised with 12 minutes left when she finished off a flowing move, beating the keeper at the second attempt.

But with Chloe Brown, one of six Ulster players in the Irish squad, sitting in the sin-bin for a foul, Kara-Lee Botes cracked in a set-piece for a late winner.

The series continues tomorrow when the action switches to Cape Town (5pm UK time).

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