The Ireland women’s hockey team started their FIH Hockey Series Finals tournament on a bright note as they defeated Malaysia 2-1 in the opening match on Saturday.
The Irish players, who have gained massive confidence after their silver finish at the World Cup last year, continued to show a strong performance.
Bethany Barr and Katie Mullan helped Ireland seal the victory, while Siti Husain scored the lone for Malaysia.
Analysing the team’s performance after the game, interim Head Coach Gareth Grundie said,
“We’re please to get the first win of the tournament under our belt. Due to the weather conditions in the first half, the pitch was slow so we didn’t have the tempo in the game that we wanted.We had good improvement in the third quarter and were then comfortable until we let them back six minutes to go.” he said.
“The win has put us in a strong position in the group and we hope to build on this performance tomorrow against the Czechs.” said Gareth.
Ireland have played Malaysia four times since 2008 and in all four occasions, the Irish were triumphant.
Ireland’s next game is against the Czech Republic at 15:00 BST on Sunday.