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Ireland beat Czech Republic to secure FIH final sport and place in Olympic qualifiers

Ireland's Roisin Upton and Elena Tice celebrate after the game. Pic ©INPHO/Bryan Keane
Ireland's Roisin Upton and Elena Tice celebrate after the game. Pic ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Ireland's booked their place in the last stage of the Olympic qualifiers after a win over the Czech Republic in the FIH Series semi-final in Banbridge.

Ireland over came a resilient side to win 4-0 with Shirley McCay, Zoe Watson, Sarah Henshaw and Anna O'Flanagan all getting on the score sheet.

They go on to play South Korea in Sunday's final.

Ireland captain Katie Mullan praised the support at Havelock Park for helping ease her side's nerves.

“There were a few nerves at the start which is always going to be the case in knock-out games but the support of the crowd helped us get over them," she said.

“The pitch was a bit heavy with all the rain which wasn’t conducive to the fast tempo we like to play at but it was the same for both teams.”

South Korea are ranked 11th in the world, just three places behind the Irish and likely to prove a tougher test in Sunday's decider.

A win could pit Ireland against a lower ranked side in the Olympic qualifer in October.

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