Ireland women beat Chile to set up New Zealand decider in Dublin

Chloe Watkins earned her 100th Irish cap at the age of 22
Chloe Watkins (left) is presented with her 100th Irish cap by team-mate Anna O'Flanagan

Ireland's women progressed to the final at the Four Nations tournament in Dublin by beating Chile 1-0 in their final pool game on Tuesday.

Alex Speers hit Ireland's winner in the 57th minute as Darren Smith's side progressed to a final-meeting with New Zealand at UCD on Wednesday.

The match saw Chloe Watkins earning her 100th Irish cap at the age of only 22.

Ireland will be underdogs in Wednesday's final as they face the world's fourth-ranked nation.

The Kiwis hammered the Irish 9-2 in Saturday's pool match.

In Tuesday's game, Ireland started strong with numerous chances being created with a string of passes through midfield.

Chilean keeper Schuler made a fine save to stop a penalty corner on 24 minutes and the Irish then had to soak up pressure at the other end with Cliodhna Sargent and Emma Gray in fine form for the home side.

Ireland finally broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when Gillian Pinder burst through from midfield before picking out the unmarked Speers who made no mistake from close range.

Late on the Irish had to cope for a period of three minutes with eleven Chilean outfield players as the South Americans withdrew keeper Schuler but the home side held on.

Ireland coach Smith said his team had been involved in a "tough, tight match".

"It was a closer match than we would have liked. This was because the Chilean team competed well looking for a win," said the Irish coach.

"The girls are now looking forward to the opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the world for the second time in five days.

"We'll need to contain their pace and direct approach. We need to play with our own confidence and we need to enjoy the occasion."

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