Five-star Netherlands leave Ireland floored
Ireland's hopes of reaching the Olympic quarter-finals shipped a blow when they were thrashed 5-0 by the Netherlands last night.
Having lost their opener 3-2 to India, Ireland have their work cut out to get through, but two wins in their remaining three matches - against Germany, Canada and Argentina - will give them a chance.
Ireland, who had star defender Conor Harte stretchered off early on, matched their opponents in the possession and circle penetration stakes, but the World No 2-ranked Dutch were much more clinical with their chances, particularly from short corners.
They surged into a 2-0 lead inside six minutes, added two more goals in the third quarter, and the victory was wrapped up by a Eugene Magee own goal late on.
Ireland take on Germany tomorrow; then they will probably have to beat Canada, the weakest side in the group, on Thursday, and bogey team Argentina on Friday.