Champions Challenge: Ireland women clinch spot in final

Ireland's Nicola Evans

Ireland secured a place in the women's Champions Challenge final thanks to a 2-1 win over South Africa in Glasgow.

Celia Evans put South Africa ahead in Saturday's semi-final but Ireland hit back with goals from Megan Fraser and Nicola Evans.

Ireland will play Spain or the United States in Sunday's decider.

However, Ireland men's team lost 2-1 to Korea in their Champions Challenge semi-final in Malaysia and will face the hosts in the bronze medal match.

Jang Jong Hyun and Huyn Sung netted to give Korea a 2-0 lead before Chris Cargo scored for the the Irish.

The Irish women held on to win after keeper Emma saved a penalty stroke from Tarryn Bright on 59 minutes.

Ireland coach Darren Smith said: "I thought we did really well, defensively we were pretty sound and for patches of the game we played extremely well.

"This is a group of young girls that work so hard who want to play good international hockey and to be in the final is fantastic."