Irish draw with Italy in second Test at Jordanstown

Shirley McCay on the attack for Ireland against Italy on Saturday
Shirley McCay on the attack for Ireland against Italy on Saturday

Aine Connery struck Ireland's second-half equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Italy in Saturday's second Test at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

Ireland won the opener 1-0 on Thursday but they fell behind when Aldana Lovagnini scored just before the break.

The hosts pressed for the leveller in the final quarter and it came courtesy of Connery's back-post finish.

Ireland had a chance to win it but Hayley Mulcahy saw her shot fly over from close range.

Shirley McCay's shot was cleared early in the game and Megan Frazer also went close for the Irish.

From a third consecutive penalty corner Lovagnini got the touch to put Italy ahead at half-time.

Ireland had their best period in the final quarter and won a penalty corner on 49 minutes.

Chloe Brown's drag was saved but an Italian foot resulted in a second penalty corner and a further Italian infringement gave Ireland another corner.

This time, through a crowded circle, the ball was deflected and finished into the net by Connery.

For the last five minutes Ireland pressed forward but couldn't unlock the Italian defence.

The teams meet again in the third and final Test at the same venue on Sunday.

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