Ireland’s underage teams face into their penultimate games of the Volvo 6 Nations in Eindhoven with all four teams taking on Belgium on Friday
It follows a number of close-run defeats at the hands of Germany on Wednesday.
On the boys side, Evan Jennings gave the Under-18s a 1-0 lead in the second quarter before the Germans got a controversial equaliser and they moved ahead 2-1 at half-time.
— Hockey Ireland JAG Boys (@IreBoysJag) July 17, 2019
Ireland did have the ball in the net on the hooter but it was deemed after the end of the period. They ended losing 4-1 but not before hitting the post in a competitive second half.
At Under-16 level, it was another well-fought battle. Germany went 1-0 after seven minutes but Ireland were back on terms via a Craig Mackay penalty corner in the second half.
Germany moved back in front in the fourth quarter but Matthew Aughey tied it up at 2-2 with six minutes to go. But two goals in the last three minutes saw the Germans nab the points 4-2.
Unbelievable performance by the U18 girls against Germany. FT: @IreGirlsJAG 1(Mullan) Germany 2. What a group of players.. @EugeneFCollins @Sherry_Fitz @TourAmericaTV @KPMG_Ireland #goodbody #blackrockclinic #menarini pic.twitter.com/9uDuhOdvCq
— Ireland JAG Girls (@IreGirlsJAG) July 17, 2019
On the girls side, the Under-16s endured a tough day out with a 10-0 defeat but the Under-18s pushed their illustrious counterparts all the way with Olivia Mullan scoring in a 2-1 defeat.
Under-18: Ireland 1 (O Mullan) Germany 2
Under-16: Ireland 0 Germany 10
Under-18: Ireland V Belgium, Eindhoven, 9.40am
Under-16: Ireland V Belgium, Eindhoven, 3pm
Under-18: Ireland 1 (E Jennings) Germany 4
Under-16: Ireland 2 (M Aughey, C Mackay) Germany 4
Under-18: Ireland V Belgium, Eindhoven, 11.20am
Under-16: Ireland V Belgium, Eindhoven, 2.40pm