Hockey World Cup 2018: Australia battle past Ireland in group opener

first_imgAustralia struggled to beat Ireland in their opening match of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday.Blake Govers and Timothy Brand scored a goal each to help Australia edge past Ireland 2-1 in a Pool B match.Right from the start Australia dominated the proceedings through regular attacks.In the 11th minute, Govers put Australia ahead when he fired a drag flick past the goalie. But the joy was short-lived as Shane O’ Donogue equalised in the 13th minute.Tim Brand expressed how the @Kookaburras could have held the ball better and would look to make more circle penetrations in the coming matches. #AUSvIRE #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 30, 2018Both teams went to half-time with the scoreboard reading 1-1.Just after half-time, Brand slammed a brilliant goal in the 34th minute to put the World Champions ahead of Ireland.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLETowards the end, Ireland tried to bounce back but the Australia defenders kept the Irish forwards at bay.(With inputs from IANS)last_img

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