Anna O’Flanagan and Megan Frazer strike to deny Olympic-bound Spain
Women’s senior international Test match: Graham Shaw’s side follow up wins over Korea and India – both with tickets to Rio
It follows wins over Korea and India - both with tickets to Rio - in April and marked another impressive performance for Graham Shaw’s side in spite of several changes in personnel.
The first half ended scoreless with Stella Davis making a couple of fine saves from a trio of Spanish penalty corners while O’Flanagan was closest for Ireland.
She shot the hosts first goal in the 36th minute after Chloe Brown won a corner. Davis had to make a couple of impressive saves once again before Frazer put the game beyond doubt with a low drag-flick with two minutes to go.
Graham Shaw’s side play Spain again on Tuesday at Stormont before switching to Jordanstown on Thursday and Friday for games three and four of this series.
IRELAND: S Davis, Y O’Byrne, N Evans, K Mullan, M Frazer, E Beatty, S Loughran, C Watkins, H Matthews, A O’Flanagan, Z Wilson. Subs: C Brown, N Carroll, A McFerran, L Colvin, G Frazer, D Duke, A Meeke. SPAIN: M Lopez de Eguilaz, R Ybarra, R Gutierrez, C Petchame, M Garcia, L Riera, P Marana, B Perez, G Comerma, G Oliva, B Garcia. Subs: C Salvatella, M Lopez Garcia, B Bonastre, C Guinea, M Contardi, M Ruiz, L Jimenez Fixture Tuesday: Ireland v Spain, 7.30pm, Stormont