FIH Pro League: Australia 5-0 Ireland – Two defeats in two for Irish
Ireland were beaten 5-0 by Australia in their second game in the FIH Pro League in India.
Ky Willott scored twice with Tom Craig, Jeremy Hayward and Nathan Ephraums getting the other goals for Australia in a dominant performance.
Ireland had their chances but failed to find the Australian net.
It was another difficult afternoon for the Irish, who are making their debut in the competition, after losing 5-1 to the Netherlands on Saturday.
“It’s a good learning for us from this game. Our basics let us down at times,” said Ireland head coach Mark Tumilty.
“You get punished at this level for the slightest errors and when chances come your way you have to be clinical and convert those chances.”
The first quarter of the game was scoreless as Ireland looked comfortable defensively, but Australia showed the difference in class in their finishing with three goals in the second quarter.
The scoring began in the 17th minute after a ball into the Irish circle bounced up off a stick. Tom Craig reacted quickest, turning it out of mid air and past goalkeeper James Milliken.
Ireland, who have qualified for this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris, were not overawed and forced the first penalty corner of the game but Shane O’Donoghue’s shot was saved by Andrew Charter.
A couple of minutes later, from their first penalty corner, Jeremy Hayward dragged the ball into the corner of the goal.