Ireland end World Cup prep with 7-1 Dutch defeat

Senior men’s test match: Netherlands 7 (M van der Weerden 2, M Pruijser 2, J Hertzberger 2, S van Ass) Ireland 1 (S O’Donoghue)
Ireland’s men finished their World Cup preparations with a rough 7-1 loss to the Netherlands in Amstelveen with five goals coming in the last 18 minutes.

The first half was tight with just a 15th minute Mirco Pruijser goal between the sides. David Harte was making his return to the line-up for the first time since his fractured fibula injury fears were allayed and he showed his worth with a number of good stops.

Ireland remained in the mix with 18 minutes to go when Shane O’Donoghue’s thumping strike countered a Jeroen Hertzberger goal, making it 2-1.

But five goals in a 13-minute spell from the world number three Dutch side very much changed the complexion of the evening with Mink van der Weerden clattering home a couple – one from play, one a sweet strike from the right of D – while Seve van Ass, Pruijser and a Hertzberger upright reverse stretched out the scoreline.

Ireland: D Harte (Captain), J Bell, C Cargo, M Nelson, E Magee, S O’Donoghue, M Darling, M Robson, P Gleghorne, C Harte, S Loughrey
Subs: M Bell, A Sothern, K Shimmins, S Murray, D Fitzgerald, D Walsh, L Cole

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