Cookstown pair hand Ireland German win

Senior Men’s International: Germany 1 (M Witthaus) Ireland 2 (I Sloan, D Ames)
Cookstown natives Ian Sloan and David Ames handed Ireland just their second ever victory over Germany – the current world number two side – in their challenge match in Mannheim.

It adds another notable scalp to their growing collection, becoming the fifth side in the world’s top 11 – all of whom are bound for the Olympics – Paul Revington’s side have beaten in the past year.

Teenager Sloan broke the deadlock in the sixth minute of a high tempo game as he converted a drag flick. The Irish held that lead until the 55th minute before the vastly experienced Matthias Witthaus scored his second of the week with a deflected effort.

But Ames – added to the panel after representing club side Beeston last weekend in the EuroHockey League – and Sloan exchanged passes with the former finishing off the move with ten minutes to go for a 2-1 win.

Ireland had lost the first match-up of the week but bounced back with a 2-1 win over the German U-21s on Tuesday afternoon before finishing the three-game series with this notable success.

Ireland: D Fitzgerald, K Carroll, J Jackson, R Gormley, P Caruth, I Sloan, J Bell, B McCandless, P Maguire, D Ames, S O’Donoghue
Subs: I Hughes, D Cole, C Cargo, J Bruton, J Lynch

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