HOCKEY: Ireland make strong finish to first campaign

by Aaron Dunne
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Ireland finished strong to end their first-ever Junior World Cup campaign in ninth place with a third successive win in Potchefstroom, running up four second half goals in a superb performance.

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Siofra O’Brien, Lisa Mulcahy, Yasmin Pratt and Christina Hamill were all on the score sheet, ending the campaign in ninth place. It added to wins over Canada and Malaysia in the classification matches, bouncing back well from the group stages when Ireland missed out on the top eight in frustrating fashion.“We really enjoyed this!” said player of the match Sarah McAuley. “We treated it like our final and did ourselves proud, finishing ninth. “I am so proud of all the girls. It was the last game; we just said ‘go out, give it a lash and relish this opportunity’.”

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