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Smith is still positive despite an American whitewash

By John Flack

The Ireland women's hockey team saved their best to last as they produced their most impressive display to date in Pennsylvania despite a 4-1 defeat to the United States in the final game of the series.

"The matches are exactly what we need in preparation for World League 3 next month. USA are a physical, quick and skilful team who challenged every part of our game," said national coach Darren Smith.

Ards striker Chloe Brown was particularly lively throughout, having a goal disallowed at 1-1 and a penalty corner effort well saved after Megan Frazer had equalized USA's opener in the first quarter.

The Americans broke away to make it 2-1 at half-time and added two more goals after the break to win the series 3-0 and Ireland now head to Toronto for four games against Canada.

FIXTURES: Today: Canada v Ireland (8pm UK time); Tomorrow: Canada v Ireland (8pm).

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