Ireland were unable to break down a resolute Ukraine defence but, nonetheless, nudged themselves a step closer to claiming promotion to the A division of Under-21 European hockey while, should they beat Italy tomorrow, the gold medal is still up for grabs.
Irish senior women's coach Darren Smith says that his fresh-faced defensive unit showed rapid improvement in their second battle of the week with New Zealand on Wednesday night as part of an encouraging week at the Electric Ireland Four Nations competition in Dublin.
World number four side New Zealand always had the edge but there was plenty for Irish senior women's coach Darren Smith to be happy about in the performance in the Electric Ireland Four Nations final in Belfield.
With progression assured, Ireland's Under-21 men needed victory to get their promotion pool up and running with three points for a win but they came up against a feisty hosting Portugal side who snatched a late draw.
Coach David Passmore praised his side's ability to dig deep as Ireland twice came from behind to grab the draw they needed to progress to the winner's pool in the women's EuroHockey Junior Championships II and now have a two in three chance of promotion to the top tier.
England's coolness in the penalty shoot-out saved them from a second defeat to Ireland in eight days as they prevailed 4-2 in the London Cup final at the Olympic legacy park after normal time had ended locked at 2-2
Four goals in the closing 16 minutes saw Ireland's women belatedly find their scoring sticks to put Canada to the sword at Belfield, winning 5-0 to bounce back quickly from Saturday's humbling 9-2 loss to world number four side New Zealand.
New Zealand humbled Ireland's women on day one of the Electric Ireland Four Nations Cup in Belfield this afternoon, the world number fours showing the sharpness that makes them one of the key contenders for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
England put Ireland to the sword in a dress rehearsal for tomorrow's final of the Investec Cup in London as goals from Barry Middleton, Alastair Brogdon, Harry Martin and Henry Weir’s second international goal did the damage whilst Ronan Gormley pulled one back for the Green Machine.
A brace from Alan Sothern helped to give Ireland a 4-2 win over South Africa, a side ranked four places above them in the world; match report and interview with Alan Sothern from the excellent English website The Top of the D