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Bovendeert hat-trick beats Irish
28 Jan 2015 16:04
Netherland 5-2 Ireland
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Ireland have been beaten 5-2 by world number two side Netherlands after a second-half Roel Bovendeert hat-trick proved decisive in Stellensbosch.
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The result is a disappointing outcome for Craig Fulton’s men as they continue their preparation for the World League 2 in San Diego, USA, begins next month.
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The Dutch were the more creative in the first quarter and took the lead with a goal in the 10th minute with a lovely one-two inside the 25 which was slapped home high by Mirco Pruyser.
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Ireland created two good chances for Peter Caruth and Michael Watt early in the second quarter, but the Dutch got their second in the 28th minute through Constantijn Jonker to take a 2-0 lead at half-time.
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Ireland got one back early in the third quarter following a series of penalty corners, Paul Gleghorne smashing home the rebound off the Dutch keeper.
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Ireland were soon back level, after another penalty corner, this time a switch that was dispatched by Sothern to the keeper’s right.
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Ireland finished the quarter on top, and started the final quarter as they had finished the third, putting the Dutch under pressure.
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Following great work by Kyle Good along the baseline they forced a penalty corner off a Dutch foot. The resulting corner was switched to Gleghorne, but his goal-bound effort was taken off the line.
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A quick counter by Netherlands resulted in Bovendeert getting his first goal and handing his side the lead with 13 minutes left on the clock.
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Ireland were reduced to 10 men for the final 10 minutes and in this period Bovendeert scored a further two goals for the victory.
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After the game, Fulton said: "I was very proud of the lads coming back from 2-0 down to draw level at 2-2 and then we had one taken off the line by a Dutch defender.
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"It was always going to difficult to contain the Dutch attack when reduced to 10 men for the final ten minutes. I am happy we played at our best for 50 minutes."
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Ireland will have another chance to take on Netherlands when they play again on Thursday.
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Ireland: David Fitzgerald (GK), Mark Ingram (GK), Jonathan Bell, Ronan Gormley, John Jackson, Chris Cargo, Alan Sothern, Kirk Shimmins, Bruce McCandless, Michael Darling, Paul Gleghorne, Shane O’Donoghue. Peter Caruth, Kyle Good, Drew Carlisle, Michael Robson, Jonny Bruton, Michael Watt.
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Did Not Play: Stephen Dowds, Eugene Magee, James Lorimer, Neal Glassey.
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