A game that seemed to be heading for a certain Irish defeat was turned around by a battling second half performance by the team in green. A reminder from coach Darren Smith at half-time that they had already beaten Spain in a test series earlier in the year was enough to galvanise the team into action.
The first half of the second pool B match between Spain and Ireland was a very one-way affair with Spain taking an early 2-0 lead, through Alicia Magaz (10') and Lola Riera (13') seemingly left Ireland with no way back into the game. Spain's first goal came from open play and the second from a penalty corner. At this point the Spanish team looked full of running and dominant in all areas of the pitch.
Even with 15 minutes to go, it still seemed as if Ireland were not going to hit the target. They worked industriously, but their finishing was poor and Spain always seemed to be in control.
But then Emily Beatty arrived on the scene and within the space of four minutes the game had swung dramatically. Her first goal (62') was a rebound past Spanish goalkeeper Maria Lopez de Eguilaz Zubiria, and the second (66') was, in Emily's words, "supposed to be a cross, but it hit a Spain leg and went in."
In the dying minutes of the game, Spain regrouped and earned a penalty corner as the clock showed time, but the strike soared over the crossbar and while Ireland celebrated, Spain will have felt as if they threw two points away.