Germany’s U-18 girls proved too strong for their Irish counterparts this week, sweeping their four-game series in Belfield.
Things got off to a good start for the Irish in game one on Wednesday as Emma Russell put Ireland 1-0 up in the 26th minute. But a corner goal from Anna Krause leveled within 60 seconds and Viktoria Huse put the visitors in front 2-1 at the break.
A second half double from Hannah Gablac along with further efforts from Lisa-Marie Hutze and Paula Velmans extended the lead to 6-1 with 21 minutes to go but Ireland defended well in the closing phase to ensure no further concessions.
Amid driving rain on Thursday, Germany ran up a 4-1 win, again after the first half had ended 2-1. Saturday saw Ireland fall 3-0 though Lucy Camlin impressed between the posts with a string of fine saves.
Sunday’s final tie this morning, though, was another tough affair as Charlotte Stapenhorst scored a cracking set of four goals, two in each half, as Germany recorded a thumping 7-1 victory.
Russell got on the mark with a touch from the corner injection spot with 20 minutes to go but the Germans were already 6-0 up at this stages and Korbel’s corner push completed the rout.
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