Monday 26 September 2016

Windfender and Fuchs break Irish hearts

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

28 June 2014: Ireland's Shane O'Donoghue celebrates after scoring his side's third goal. Men's International Hockey, Ireland v Wales, National Hockey Stadium, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit; Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2014: Ireland's Shane O'Donoghue celebrates after scoring his side's third goal. Men's International Hockey, Ireland v Wales, National Hockey Stadium, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit; Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE

Germany's Lucas Windfender and Florian Fuchs broke brave Irish resistance with two late goals at the European men's championships in London.

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Craig Fulton's side shaded a 4-3 win against France on Saturday but last night's opponents, the holders and Olympic champions, represented a considerable step up in class.

The Irish had the first shot of the game with Shane O'Donoghue stinging the fingers of goalie Nicholas Jacobi. But Jacobi's opposite number David Harte was the busier of the two, assisted by John Jackson, who pulled off an overhead stick save from Moritz Furste just before half time.

Ireland held their opponents until six minutes from time when Windfender found a way past Harte at a corner.

Then Fuchs scored on the break a few seconds after Jonathan Bruton went close to an equaliser. A draw against Belgium tomorrow will suffice to put Ireland into the semi-finals.

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