India beat Ireland 4-1 to finish 5th in Azlan Shah Cup

After rekindling their hopes of making the final with a convincing 5-1 win against Malaysia in their previous match, India vied for another win.

The Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia is a glimpse of what Ireland will experience in this year's World Cup in India, which begins in late November.

Argentina edged passed India in the very first match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by 3-2. With a 1-0 lead, India had to contain Ireland and ensure they stayed ahead.

Asian champions India finished an disappointing fifth after beating Ireland 4-1.Varun Kumar scored twice from penalty corners while Shilanand Lakra and Gurjant Singh got the other goals for India in the fifth/sixth classification match.

Amit Rohidas roofed another penalty corner to restore India's lead but then Lisnagarvey's Murray tied things up when he met another Shimmins cross.

Both teams reached the final with confidence with Australia unbeaten in the five prelimnary matches, while England were riding high after thrashing Malaysia 7-2 prior to yesterday's showdown. Varun Kumar took the PC and Ramandeep deflected the stroke inside the net to give India a 1-0 lead. However, the hosts couldn't force another equaliser after conceding the goal to Pedro Ibarra in the 49th minute. Though the first attempt was saved, Varun sounded the board from the second chance to hand his side the lead. With 10 minutes remaining the favourites claimed their fourth goal with Jake Harvie steering in a cross from Beale. Ireland's sole goal came from the sticks of Julian Dale in the 48th minute.

Falling behind by two goals to win, Indian forwards were desperate to make potential forays into the striking circle.

With time ticking away, India pulled out their goalkeeper to add an extra man to their attack. Indian team had exit the medal contention after a shocking 2-3 defeat on Friday.

Vanessa Coleman

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