Jermyn on the mark in 6-1 defeat to Germany

Men’s senior international test match
Ireland 1 (J Jermyn) Germany 6 (C Staib, C Ruhr, M Grambusch, M Furste, T Herzbruch, M Miltkau)

Ireland closed out their three game series with Germany with a 6-1 defeat in Hamburg though John Jermyn did break the scoring duck with his first international goal for almost four years.

The men in green started the stronger of the two sides but a lethal German counter attack put Ireland on the back foot in the ninth minute when Constantin Staib opened the scoring.

David Fitzgerald was called on to make a smart save from a corner drag flick and the score remained 1-0 at the end of the opening quarter.

Ireland were perhaps unlucky to go 2-0 down as a corner switch hit the defender on the line, and Christopher Ruhr converted the subsequent penalty stroke. The Green Machine began to find their rhythm and put together some strong passages of possession to keep the score at 2-0 going into half time.

Mark Ingram took Fitzgerald;s place in the Irish goal for the second half and was quickly called into action to make a save from an early German corner.

The German sharpness and precision was on display once again as Mats Grambusch was first to a rebounded ball to make it 3-0. A flick from Moritz Furste, followed two minutes later by a field goal from Timm Herzbruch appeared to put the game out of reach as the scoreboard ticked up to 5-0.

However, Mikey Watt set himself up for a shot after winning the ball and Jermyn deflected the ball goalward to make it 5-1. Another blistering counter attack by Germany saw Marco Miltkau add to the scoreline and the game finished 6-1.

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