BELFAST: The first test of Pakistan vs Ireland ended in a draw. An interesting edge of seat contest saw the hosts twice coming from behind to hold Pakistan 2-2 at the Lisnagarvey Hockey Club.
In front of a packed house, the green shirts went ahead early in the 9th minute when Aleem Bilal converted a penalty corner with a powerful drag flick. The lead did not last long. Connor Harte, who was playing his 200th international, availed a pass from Shane O’ Donoghue in the 17th minute.
Just two minutes before the half time, Ali Shan restored the lead for Pakistan when he put in the ball after a Dilber try had rebounded off the goal keeper’s pads.
Half time: Pakistan: 2, Ireland: 1
The tantalising battle continued on resumption. In the last quarter, Jeremy Duncan finished off an excellent combined move involving Alan Sothern and Matthew Nelson to make it 2-2.
Pakistan: Aleem Bilal & Ali Shan
Ireland: Connor Harte & Jeremy Duncan
Second match of the 3 test series is scheduled on Saturday.
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