Ireland collapsed after goals from Anna O’Flanagan had twice got them on terms

Ireland’s women narrowly avoided relegation from European Hockey’s top tier despite a 7-2 hammering by Spain in Amsterdam on Saturday.

The Irish looked set to go down after their defeat but the Czech Republic’s unexpected 1-0 win over Scotland reprieved Graham Shaw’s side.

Two Anna O’Flanagan goals saw the Irish levelling twice against Spain.

However, Spain hit five unanswered goals after O’Flanagan’s second equaliser shortly after half-time.

After Spain’s win, Ireland looked doomed but Tereza Mejzlikova’s goal just before half-time proved enough for the Czechs to overcome Scotland as goalkeeper Barbara Cechakova made a series of superb saves.

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