For the second time in three games, Ireland were left with late heartbreak as Russia held their nerve to win a penalty shoot-out that saw the little green army relegated to the B division of European hockey.
Ireland face a must-win tie against Russia on Sunday if they are to avoid relegation from the EuroHockey U-18 girls ‘A division’ as Belgium’s 4-1 win meant they retained their place at this level of competition.
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Ines Lardeur burst Ireland’s medal hopes with a penalty corner rocket three minutes from time to see France through to the semi-finals of the girls U-18 European championships in Belfield.
Tournament favourites the Netherlands swept Ireland aside with a classy 6-0 win at Belfield this evening, making them the first confirmed EuroHockey U-18 girls youth championships semi-finalists.
Ireland’s U-18 girls showed a composed edge to eventually see off a resolute Wales to start their EuroHockey Youth Championships with a 5-0 win at Belfield.
Irish U-18 coach Richie Malone says that while his side’s preparations have been limited in some respects, he says that his team is in great shape ahead of this week’s EuroHockey U-18 girls championships in Belfield.
Darren Smith has made seven changes to the Irish panel for the European championships from the World League round two line-up with the backline set to undergo a major transformation.
Irish U-18 boys coach Graham Shaw confirmed Neil Byrne and Simon Wolfe will complete his side’s 18-man panel for the EuroHockey Championships II in Gasawa, Poland which get underway on July 8.
Andrew Meredith believes that an overhaul of the current Irish senior men’s training setup is needed with elite players being encouraged back to Ireland from their foreign bases if the side is to be able to thrive in the current economic environment.
From the ridiculous to the sublime, Ireland produced a psychologically vital comeback 6-4 win over France after a rough tournament in Rotterdam to end up matching their pre-tournament ranking.
Barring a European miracle, Ireland will miss out on the 2014 World Cup as a controversial Roger Padros goal saw Spain advance to the fifth place playoff of the World League round three in Rotterdam.
Ireland’s harrowing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands in Rotterdam last night has left a daunting path ahead of them if they are to reach a first World Cup since 1990.
Strong performances from the England O-40s and O-45s against Ireland in the last day of the tournament was enough for them to retain the cups for the respective age categories.
New Zealand’s second half intensity put punished a lack-lustre Irish performance that showed the gap they still have to bridge to mix it at the top table of world hockey.
Ireland’s tempestuous affair with the video referral system came to pass once more as they were left frustrated in their opening World League round three tie, drawing with world number 11 side India, drawing 4-4.
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Phelie Maguire admits that thoughts did persist that he might “not realistically get another chance” of playing in a top level tournament but he is now looking to shine having enjoyed a new lease of life in green since Andrew Meredith took the coaching reins.
Eugene Magee has been forced to withdraw from the Irish men’s team to play in the World League semi-final in Rotterdam due to cartilage damage at the front of his knee.
Four years after Ireland first participated in the women’s masters home nations in Swansea, with one Over-40s squad of 13, they are set to host the tournament, fielding teams at O-40s, O-45s and O-50s level.