KARACHI: Eire held Pakistan to a 2-2 draw within the first of their three-match collection at Lisnagarvey Hockey Membership in Belfast on Friday.
Pakistan acquired lead twice however the hosts managed to equalise each occasions.
Eire are ranked ninth and Pakistan 14th. Eire defeated Pakistan within the qualifiers for Rio Olympics.
In entrance of a packed home, the Inexperienced-shirts went forward within the ninth minute when Aleem Bilal transformed a penalty nook with a strong drag flick. However the lead didn’t final lengthy. Connor Harte, who was enjoying his two hundredth worldwide, availed himself of a cross from Shane O’ Donoghue within the seventeenth minute.
Simply two minutes earlier than the half time, Ali Shan restored the lead for Pakistan when he put within the ball after successful from Dilber rebounded off the goalkeeper’s pads.
At half time, Pakistan have been main 2-1.
Within the final quarter, Jeremy Duncan completed off a superb mixed transfer involving Alan Sothern and Matthew Nelson to make it 2-2.
Pakistan coach Khwaja Junaid stated the gamers would take a while to get accustomed to the circumstances. “We took lead twice however did not hold it. We’re right here to effective tune our preparation for London’s qualifying rounds,” he stated.
“We’ll finalise our mixtures and concentrate on weaknesses in these matches,” Junaid stated and added that Pakistan would play higher within the remaining two matches. The second match of the collection is scheduled on Saturday (at present).
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