Monday 27 March 2017

Five-star Netherlands leave Ireland floored

Conor Harte of Ireland is stetchered off in the first quarter during their Pool B match against the Netherlands. Picture by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Conor Harte of Ireland is stetchered off in the first quarter during their Pool B match against the Netherlands. Picture by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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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.

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