A tough day at the office for the Irish Senior Men saw them fall 6-3 to a talented young Belgian side in Rotterdam this morning.
Two goals in two first-half minutes before a Chris Cargo reply saw them go in at the break 2-1 down and fighting hard, but six goals in 20 minutes of the second period left Andrew Meredith’s side beaten by the better team on the day.
The result means Belgium progress to the semi-finals and in doing so are guaranteed a place in next year’s World Cup.
Ireland now face Spain on Friday (11.30am Irish) to determine their final classification game at the weekend, with a 5th-place finish their best possible outcome.
Ireland 3 (C Cargo, J Jackson, P Gleghorne)
Belgium 6 (S Dockier 2, L Luypaert, own goal, T Boon, T Briels)
Ireland: D Harte, Jackson, Gormley (c), Cargo, Sothern, Caruth, McConnell, Cockram, Maguire, Gleghorne, C Harte.