Real Four Nations, Dusseldorf
Ireland 2 (S Loughrey, L Cole) France 2 (A Coisne, C Masson)
Ireland closed out the Real Four Nations series in Dusseldorf with a 2-2 draw against France in a tight game, leading twice but ultimately being pegged back.
The first quarter saw Ireland control possession and win three corners, the second of which saw Lee Cole’s low drag give Ireland the lead. Cole went close with another drag in the 11th minute but it was inches wide.
David Harte had to be sharp in the second quarter to make a strong save but he was beaten a couple of minutes later after good work by Pieter van Straaten gave Gaspard Baumgarten a shot which Aristide Coisne getting the final touch.
In the third quarter, Stu Loughrey put Ireland back in the lead after a great ball into circle, the full back applying a lovely touch in front of the keeper.
Jamie Carr replaced Harte in goal for the final quarter and he had to be alert in the 48th minute with a French forward getting a touch to a crash ball into circle. France had their first corner moments later but a mistrap and brave defending by Loughrey resulted in Irish free out.
France, though, equalised with three minutes to go with an initial drag coming off post, providing an easy tap in for Charles Masson.
Ireland: D Harte, J Jackson, J Bell, M Nelson, A Sothern, S Murray, J McKee, M Robson, D Walsh, P Gleghorne, S Loughrey
Subs: J Carr, M Bell, C Robson, R Getty, O Magee, L Cole, S Cole