Two late Belgian goals put paid to Ireland’s chances of reaching the boys EuroHockey Youth Championships semi-finals in a 3-1 result at Garryduff.
The medal matches proved out of reach for the Irish Under-18 girls at the EuroHockey Youth Championships as they fell to defeat in their final group game.
Ireland’s Under-18 boys got back in the hunt for a semi-final spot at the boys EuroHockey Youth Championships at the Mardyke thanks to an 11-1 spanking of the Czech Republic.
A truly stunning comeback has given Ireland’s Under-18 girls a big chance of reaching the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Cork with a win over Russia despite having trailed 2-0 with 19 minutes to go.
Stevie Arbuthnot said he was “a bit gutted” with how his Irish Under-18 side began their tie with England as two early goals laid the base for a 3-0 result in their opening Girls EuroHockey Youth Championships Pool B tie.
Gareth Borland’s Under-18 boys battled hard but found a technically impressive Germany too strong in their opening tie of the EuroHockey Youth Championships at the Mardyke.
Gareth Borland and Stevie Arbuthnot will be hoping an intense block of training since the Leaving Certificate will help their Irish Under-18 sides to make a big impact in Cork this week as the EuroHockey Youth Championships tips off on Sunday.
Three players are back for a second year with the Ireland’s Under-16 boys with Rob McCollum, Tom Robson and Matteo Romoli set to line out at Royal Antwerp at the Osaka 6 Nations.
Steven Arbuthnot has finalised his Irish Under-18 girls team plans for the EuroHockey Youth Championships that will take place in Cork later this month with three returnees from the 2015 vintage.
Alison McNeill has named her Irish Under-16 panel for a 6 Nations Tournament to be held in Belgium this summer with no less than eight counties represented in a diverse squad.
Gareth Borland is drawing an almost completely new look Irish Under-18 panel for the European championships with just three players returning from last year’s team that finished fifth in Europe last year.
The Irish Under-18 girls and boys both completed series victories over Scotland over the Easter weekend at Jordanstown as they kickstart their preparations for this summer’s European championships. The Under-16s, meanwhile, won one of three in Glasgow on the boys side while the girls had a win, draw and a loss in their series.
Ireland’s Under-18 and Under-16 girls and boys teams have been selected for a quartet of three game series against Glasgow over the weekend
Fifth place for the Irish Under-18 boys was confirmed in emphatic fashion as they ran up a 9-1 win over Russia in Santander to cap a fine week for Andy Smyth’s side.
Matthew Nelson’s 43rd minute corner deflection handed Ireland a deserved 2-1 win over England to guarantee A status from the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Santander.
Ireland’s Under-18 boys gave Germany a strong rattle as they aimed sought to grab a big win and keep alive outside hopes of earning a semi-final berth but ultimately were undone in Santander 7-3.
Three goals in the last 17 minutes saw Ireland bounce back from their opening defeat to the Netherlands from their EuroHockey Championships group in Santander.
A busy weekend for Ireland’s underage sides saw the Under-18 and Under-16 selections play five high level fixtures in Santander, Breda and Bremen, taking on Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium
Andy Smyth says the fear factor that may have previously existed for Irish underage teams has diminished markedly off the back of the national senior team’s ability to mix it with the world’s top ten.
Ireland’s Under-16 boys and girls play a couple of high quality tournaments in Breda, the Netherlands and Bremaen, Germany, respectively where they will meet the cream of their continental rivals.