Saturday 22 October 2016

Ireland show mettle in German defeat

Ireland 2-3 Germany

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

Conor Harte and his brother David. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor Harte and his brother David. Photo: Sportsfile

Two cracking goals and a vintage display from keeper David Harte were not enough to save Ireland from defeat by reigning Olympic champions Germany.

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Instead Craig Fulton's men tumbled to their third straight defeat of the tournament to remain pointless at the foot of Pool B.

However, the Green Machine can qualify for the quarter-finals if they beat Canada tomorrow and Argentina on Friday.

The possibility of an upset was on the cards at the end of the first half when the sides were tied at 1-1.

The Germans went ahead through penalty corner-taker Moritz Furste, who beat Harte low down with a fearsome drag-flick.

Harte remained in the thick of the action for much of the half but his team-mates lifted the siege on 25 minutes when Eugene Magee left German keeper Nicholas Jacobi helpless with a magnificent lofted reverse-stick drive.

The match was decided in the third quarter as Furste landed his second, a carbon copy of the opener, quickly followed by an opportunist strike from Martin Zwicker seizing on a hurried attempt at a clearance.

But the Irish never caved in and John Jermyn forced a fine save from Jacobi before Mitch Darling found the target. The Three Rock Rovers forward collected the ball from Conor Harte, swivelled smartly and shot on the reverse to end he match on a memorable high.

With just over 80 seconds left, Darling's rocket came too late for the Green Machine to claim an unlikely draw but the performance teed them up nicely to take on lowly Canada.

Ireland - D Harte, J Jackson, P Gleghorne, C Harte, R Gormley, K Shimmins, E Magee, J Jermyn, M Watt, M Darling, K Good. Subs: J Bell, S O'Donoghue, P Caruth, A Sothern, C Cargo.

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