Ireland 0 South Africa 1
Kayla de Waal’s 26th-minute solo goal was all that stood between South Africa and Ireland on day three of the Spar Indoor Hockey Series in Gormanston Park.
The win edged the visitors in front in the series 2-1 with further games at the same venue on Thursday and Friday evening.
Indeed, it was far cagier than the first two outings in which Ireland prevailed 3-2 before the African side bounced back to succeed 5-3 in game two.
The first quarter was the first stanza of the series not to trouble the scoreboard. Both sides had a corner each but neither drew a save from either Emma Buckley or Nepo Serage.