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Megan Frazer's late show keeps Irish girls in driving seat

By John Flack

Megan Frazer's late goal secured Ireland women's hockey team a superb 2-1 win over Spain in last night's international at Stormont.

The Ulster Elks midfielder and Ireland captain found the net with an excellent backhand shot with under two minutes remaining in the second game of the four-Test series.

Frazer had also been on target in Monday night's opening 2-0 win over the Rio-bound former Olympic champions.

Randalstown's Zoe Wilson had given Ireland a first-half lead before Spain equalised in the last quarter and Frazer netted that dramatic late winner.

Last night's result was Ireland's fourth successive victory over a team that has qualified for Rio following their wins over India and Korea at the recent Hawke's Bay tournament in New Zealand.

The four-match series is being used by Ireland as part of the build-up to the first phase of World Cup qualifying, which begins in January.

Wilson converted a penalty-corner in the first-half to give Ireland the lead, but Spain equalised with 10 minutes left when they sent a set-piece into the net.

Spain had a chance to square the series near the end but, after they sent a penalty corner over the crossbar, Frazer popped up to score the winner.

The games continue tomorrow and Friday at Jordanstown.

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