Thursday 19 April 2018

Ireland pay heavy price for late failings

Ireland 1 Argentina 4

David Medcalf

Ireland suffered a bad case of the fourth-quarter blues against visiting Argentina at Belfield yesterday.

Coach Paul Revington used the game to run the rule over players contending for the last two places in his squad for the European championships in Germany at the end of the month.

But it was veteran John Jermyn, his passage already safely booked to Monchengladbach, who scored the home goal. His close-range opportunism gave the Irish a brief glimpse of the lead against the highly-rated South Americans on 20 minutes.

However, the Pumas were level by the break, Pedro Ibarra registering the equaliser at a penalty corner despite 'keeper Davy Fitzgerald putting his left glove on the ball. Proceedings immediately after the break were very even, but the balance of power shifted emphatically in the closing stages after Tomas Innocente pulled the lead goal out of the air on 51 minutes.

On the hour, Ibarro did the trick once more, again at a corner, this time bamboozling Fitzgerald to the goalie's right. And, after Conor Harte tripped Santiago Montelli, Ignacio Bergner left the 'keeper cursing his luck from the penalty spot.

Ireland -- D Fitzgerald, J Jackson, G McCabe, R Gormley, J Brennan, A McConnell, P Blakeney, G Watkins, D Ames, S Loughrey, P Maguire. Subs: C Cargo, J Jermyn, I Sloan, T Cockram, C Harte.

Argentina -- J Espinosa, I Bergner, M Vila, L Rey, M Paredes, L Vila, F Zylberberg, J Lopez, M Brunet, A Mazzilli, L Rossi. Subs: P Ibarra, R Vila, L Cammareri, S Montelli, TA Innocente.

Umpires -- D Clarke, M Scala.

Irish Independent

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