Scotland's Nikki Kidd in action against South Africa (c) Duncan Gray

Ireland celebrated one of their best days in international hockey on Thursday as both men’s and women’s sides won through to their Champions Challenge semi-finals.

In Malaysia, Ireland men defeated France on 3-0 on a shootout after their quarter-final in Kuantan finished 2-2, meanwhile in Glasgow the women’s side defeated Korea 2-1 in a major surprise.

Ireland men’s goalscorers were Alan Sothern with a second-minute PC and Stephen Dowds with a 64th minute equaliser, also from a corner.

Ireland now face Korea in Saturday’s semi-final. The Korean’s defeated Japan 5-1 in their quarter-final tie. The other semifinalists are Malaysia, who defeated New Zealand on a shootout after the game finished 4-4, and Canada who defeated Poland 3-2. 

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Ireland’s women play South Africa, also on Saturday. Their 2-1 over Korea came with PC goals from Kathryn Mullan and Anna O’Flanagan.

South Africa progressed to the semifinals at the expense of hosts Scotland. The African champions took a first-minute lead through a Shelley Russell open play goal. Russell added a corner goal early in the second half. Emily Maguire contributed a 64th minute open-play strike for Scotland.

The other semi-final will be between Spain, who defeated Belgium on a shootout after a 1-1 draw and USA who defeated India 1-0.

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