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Ayeisha McFerran’s heroics are not enough to prevent defeat

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Top keeper: Ayeisha McFerran was Ireland’s star in defeat. Credit: INPHO/Frank Uijlenbroek

Top keeper: Ayeisha McFerran was Ireland’s star in defeat. Credit: INPHO/Frank Uijlenbroek

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Top keeper: Ayeisha McFerran was Ireland’s star in defeat. Credit: INPHO/Frank Uijlenbroek

Ireland must park their defeat to India “pretty quickly” according to Deirdre Duke with a clash against champions Great Britain tomorrow that is likely to decide whether they reach the quarter-finals.

Sean Dancer’s side were disappointing but defended heroically with Ayeisha McFerran producing a slew of brilliant saves. But just as it looked like a draw was on the cards, India struck a 57th minute winner.

It means Ireland remain in fourth place on three points in the chase for the fourth quarter-final berth, just ahead of India on goal difference. India face bottom side South Africa while Ireland conclude their group against reigning champions, Great Britain.

The tie was initially delayed for an hour due to a torrential downpour which left the pitch flooded earlier in the day but the camp was in no mood to look to that as a mitigating factor.

Duke sai: “That was a game that we needed to win and we didn’t so that’s my overwhelming feeling. Quick turnaround. Depending on other results now, that quarter final spot is still up for grabs, so we’re going to have to park this pretty quick.

“We win as a team and we lose as a team. We are going to have to regroup and take a look at ourselves individually but it is always a collective effort and we always rally together.”

Meanwhile, Ulstermen David Ames, Ian Sloan helped Great Britain to hold world champions Belgium to a 2-2 draw.

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Goals in both halves from Rupert Shipperley and Liam Ansell, his fourth of the Olympic tournament, saw Team GB nullify the threat of the gold medal favourites.

Both were cancelled out inside ten minutes but a draw saw the Cookstown pair’s side leap to third in the pool and India await in Sunday’s quarter-finals


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