Cole makes debut as Irish push Germany close

Men’s Senior International, Mannheim
Ireland 2 (J Bruton, I Sloan) Germany 3 (M Witthaus, T Stralkowski, J-P Rabente)

Jonny Bruton scored on his return to the Irish men’s national team but it was not enough to stop Paul Revington’s side from falling to a 3-2 defeat to world number two side Germany in Mannheim.

In their first international since dramatically being denied an Olympic berth by Korea in March, Revington made eight changes with St Andrew’s College student David Cole making his debut.

Bruton opened the scoring just past the half hour on his reverse but Matthias Witthaus responded with a corner rebound off the post before Thilo Stralkowski and Jan-Philipp Rabente moved the hosts 3-1 clear with 12 minutes to go.

Ian Sloan got a late second for Ireland but could not affect a result in a tie in which both sides were under-strength due to players required elsewhere, notably at the European Hockey League quarter-finals.

Ireland play again today, this time against the Germany U21 side at 3pm before taking on the senior squad again on Wednesday at 2pm.

Ireland: D Fitzgerald, K Carroll, J Jackson, R Gormley, J Bruton, P Caruth, I Sloan, B McCandless, T Cockram, D Ames, P Gleghorne
Subs: B Doherty, P Maguire, J Bell, J Lynch, D Cole

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