Ireland hammered by Holland
Updated: Monday, 17 Jun 2013 23:11
A disappointing performance saw Ireland fall to a heavy 5-0 defeat in the World League at the hands of hosts Holland.
It was always going to be a tough game against the current World champions, but once again Irish defensive errors and incisive Dutch finishing proved the difference between the two sides.
The attacking trio of Hofman, Hertzberger and Jonker provided the magic for the Dutch, who were far superior throughout.
The result leaves Andrew Meredith with plenty to ponder ahead of their quarter-final game on Wednesday.
It was a bittersweet occasion for Irish captain Ronan Gormley, who made his 169th appearance for Ireland and in doing so, broke Eugene Magee's record as the record Irish caps holder.
The result means Ireland finish fourth in their pool, setting up a quarter final clash with Pool A winners Belgium, who have been impressive throughout the tournament thus far.
Meredith's Green Machine will need to be on top form to overcome an emerging Belgian side that beat Australia in the opening stages.
Ireland Starting XI: D. Harte, J. Jackson, R. Gormley, C. Cargo, A. Sothern, P. Caruth, A. McConnell, T. Cockram, P. Maguire, P. Gleghornre, C Harte