Catlin denies Ireland share of Hamburg spoils

Hamburg Masters, day three
Ireland 2 (Kyle Good, Conor Harte) England 3 (Tom Carson, Darren Cheesman, Nick Catlin)

Nick Catlin’s 68th minute goal denied Ireland a draw in their closing Hamburg Masters tie this afternoon, his corner goal handing world number four side England a 3-2 win.

It left Andrew Meredith’s Irish side without a point from their three games having lost heavily to Olympic gold and silver medalists Germany (6-0) and the Netherlands (4-0) respectively earlier in the competition.

Tom Carson had put England in front with the only goal of the first half after a cross pass from David Condon was deflected, leaving Carson to tap in.

After the break Ireland’s equaliser came on 48 minutes when the ball was passed to Kyle Good, who at 12 yards out had time and space to pick his spot. However three minutes later, England were back in front after good work from Alastair Brogdon on the left, with Darren Cheesman deflecting Brogdon’s cross high into the net.

Shortly after his goal, Cheesman was given a green card and Ireland capitalised on the extra man advantage by again equalising, this time with Conor Harte flicking home a penalty corner to score despite Barry Middleton’s attempt to keep the ball out.

But late on, England got the winner from their fifth penalty corner of the match. After a mistrapped ball at the top of the circle, Nick Catlin popped the ball over the number one runner’s stick and smashed home to give England the result they wanted.

Despite shipping two heavy losses, Ireland were pleased with the improved performance against England in what was a high quality build-up tournament for the European Championships. The game was also Bruce McCandless’ 50th international game.

The Germans won the competition on goal difference with Christopher Ruhr netting a late equaliser to see them edge out the Netherlands. Sander Baart had scored deep into the second half for what seemed to be the winner to make it 2-1 after Mink van der Weerden and Thilo Stralkowski’s corner goals had cancelled each other out. But Ruhr netted in the last minute for the crucial goal.

Hamburg Masters, day three results
Ireland 2 (K Good, C Harte) England 3 (T Carson, D Cheesman, N Catlin); Germany 2 (T Stralkowski, C Ruhr) Netherlands 2 (M van der Weerden, S Baart)
Standings: 1. Germany 7pts (+11) 2. Netherlands 7pts (+9) 3. England 3pts (-9) 4. Ireland 0pts (-11)

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