Four Nations Cup Dusseldorf
Ireland 0 Germany 4 (N Wellen 2, M Grambusch, T Herzbruch)
Four second half goals saw Germany pull away from Ireland at the Four Nations Cup in Dusseldorf on a day when Callum Robson became the latest Irish international.
Germany began the game the slightly sharper as they won a penalty corner inside the opening six minutes but good defensive running by the Green Machine forced a mis-trap at the top of the circle.
John Jackson played his usual driving force role from the back as he broke down the wing on more than one occasion. Likewise, Sean Murray’s speed caused the German midfield and defence some trouble as they rarely were able to dispossess him. Both sides saw corners saved off the goal line by the post man.
Germany upped the pressure in the second half with both Niklas Wellen and Marco Miltkau coming close but for a save from David Harte. The opening goal came in the 36th minute from a penalty corner; Martin Haner sent a powerful drag flick goalward and Mats Grambusch got the slightest touch to take it past Jonny Bell on the post.
The second goal followed minutes later following good build up play by Tobias Hauke to set up Timm Herzbruch.
Wellen put the game to bed with two goals in three minutes in the final quarter but there will be plenty to take from the tie for this young Ireland side against an experienced German team.
The Green Machine’s next match is at 9:30am (local time) on July 29 against France.
Ireland: D Harte (captain), J Jackson, J Bell, C Robson, M Nelson, A Sothern, O Magee, M Robson, P Gleghorne, L Cole, S Cole
Subs: J Carr, L Madeley, S Murray, J McKee, D Walsh, J Duncan, S Loughrey