Ireland fall to second heavy defeat in Germany

Men’s international test match: Ireland 0 Germany 6 (M Furste 2, M Trompertz, T Grambusch, C Ruhr, M Muller)
Ireland fell to a second heavy defeat to Germany in two days as they went down 6-0 to the Olympic champions in Hamburg.

Tom Grambusch gave Germany an early lead in the third minute and former world player of the year Moritz Furste doubled the lead with a penalty stroke four minutes later.

The 17th minute saw Ronan Gormley deemed to stop the ball on the line illegally and Furste converted his second stroke to make it 3-0. A good phase of Irish play was interrupted by a swift German counter attack and Moritz Trompertz fired home to bring the score to 4-0 at half-time.

The men in green earned their first penalty corner in the opening moments of the third quarter but clever play by Michael Robson and John Jermyn was eventually cleared by the experienced German defence.

Jermyn was again causing trouble for the German defence as he darted into the circle but his pass to Alan Sothern was quickly smothered by Andreas Spack in the German goal.

Another goal didn’t come until the 57th minute when Christopher Ruhr was on the receiving end of a crossed ball and deflected it goalward. Matthias Muller closed out the win in the final minute.

The final match of the series takes place in Hamburg on Sunday May 15th 12pm (local time).

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