Saturday 25 March 2017

Ireland's hockey team suffer tough defeat against Holland

Holland 5 Ireland 0

Michael Watt of Ireland in action against Sander Baart of Netherlands during their Pool B match at the Olympic Hockey Centre, Deodoro, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Michael Watt of Ireland in action against Sander Baart of Netherlands during their Pool B match at the Olympic Hockey Centre, Deodoro, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The Irish men’s hockey team suffered their second defeat on the bounce in the Rio Olympics at the hands of a ruthless Holland outfit.

The final score was a deflating 5-0, but Ireland performed in a manner the scoreboard did not reflect against the number two side in the world.

Following a narrow 3-2 loss to India, the Irish side found themselves confronted with a daunting task in the Dutch.

Their scores came from a Mink van Der Weerden brace, Jorrit Croon,  Mirco Pruyser and Jeroen Hertzberger.

Ireland are now bottom of Pool B, though can still progress as four of the six teams get through to the knockout stages.

Next up is Germany on Tuesday. 

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