Ireland stun India in Azlan Shah Cup

Ireland stun India in Azlan Shah Cup

Australia's men's hockey team have defeated England 2-1 to win the six-nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Malaysia.

Counting down to the final hooter, errors proved dear for the Indian team while Ireland successfully held on to their 3-2 lead to win.

Ramandeep Singh scored a goal in the 10th minute, which was later equalised by the Ireland's Shane O'Donog, who scored a field goal in the 24th minute.

But England were grateful to Ollie Willars for a solid block tackle to stop an Australia move towards the end of the first half as it remained goalless.

India seemed to drop their game slightly in the third quarter with Ireland scoring two back-to-back goals in the 36th and 42nd minute through Sean Murray and Lee Cole respectively.

Ireland have yet to win a match with Wednesday's 4-1 defeat by the world number one side Australia more of the same following defeats to Malaysia, Argentina and England with a combined 17 goals against.

Although the Indian team lost the match, the young Indian team gave an impressive performance and tried to restrict the Olympic Gold Medalists.

Mitton came close moments later, before Kleinschmidt levelled in the 25th minute with a reflex finish after Dylan Wotherspoon's baseline run forced a save from Argentine keeper Juan Vivaldi.

The final was goalless until Govers scored from Australia's first penalty corner in the 38th minute.

A foot foul by Dipsan Tirkey saw India concede a PC only 15 seconds prior to the half-time hooter but Suraj Karkera was on top of his job to save the PC.

The young lad from Sundergarh, Odisha ensured he didn't miss out on the opportunity as he beat Ireland's goalkeeper Jamie Carr, doubling India's lead to 2-0.

India began strongly and earned back-to-back penalty corners in the fifth minute.

Australia won the circles entries count 16-10 along with the shots count seven to four, but the decisive factor was the Kookas' conversion from penalty corners taking two from three.