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Argentina clawed back from a two-goal deficit to register a 5-3 victory over Ireland 

 

 

The Los Leones (The Lions) as they are nicknamed now sit at the top of the pool with six points from two consecutive wins.

 

Ireland,m surprised their far more illustrious opponents by taking a two-goal lead after 17 minutes of play.

 

Shane O’ Donoghue picked a rebound off goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi’s pads in the 12th minute 

 to put the Green Machines ahead.

 

Five minutes later Sean Murray created a magnificent run, manoeuvring his way past a fortified Argentinean defence before unleashing a powerful shot past Vivaldi.

 

But the euphoria in the Irish camp was quickly doused with a brace from drag-flick specialist Gonzalo Peillat via penalty corner conversions (20th and 23rd minutes), Lucas Vila’s field goal (22nd minute) and Juan Gilardi’s penalty stroke conversion (30th minute) as Argentina took charge of the match .

 

Ireland had a better start in the third quarter, but Eugene Magee and Sean Murray could not made inroads.

 

 

Argentina, however, went 5-2 up following Peillat’s third penalty corner conversion in the 47th minute but Ireland made a late gate push through Magee eight minutes before the end of play from a field goal to narrow the gap at 5-3.