Mark Ingram enjoyed a stunning debut for HC Rotterdam in the Hoofdklasse as he saved a penalty stroke to earn his side a big win over AH&BC Amsterdam.The goalkeeper moved from Pembroke to the Dutch club during the summer along with midfielder Sean Murray – from Lisnagarvey – and he got the nod as number one ahead of last year’s regular Rotterdam keeper Berend van Eldonck.
Two goals from Jeroen Hertzberger saw their new club lead 2-1 with ten minutes to go before Amsterdam earned a stroke which South African star Justin Reid-Ross took. He caught his shot well but Ingram got down low to his left to palm it away, the key intervention in landing the victory.
Ingram is one of three goalkeepers vying for the number two role – after David Harte – in the men’s World Cup which starts in November in India, battling it out with Three Rock Rovers’ Jamie Carr and Monkstown’s Dave Fitzgerald.
Ingram, 24, is among over 20 Irish men now playing in the top leagues across Europe this season.
Elsewhere, Harte’s Kampong – the reigning Dutch champions – eased by Pinoke 4-1 while Paul Gleghorne, Matthew Bell, Neal Glassey and Michael Robson’s Crefeld in the German league lost 2-1 to Club an der Alster in their first league game of the campaign.
Ronan Gormley, meanwhile, has joined Maurice Elliott at DSD in Dusseldorf.