Ireland 0-5 Germany
Ireland's hopes of making the semi-finals of the Euro Hockey Championships ended in definitive fashion in Antwerp as they were thrashed 5-0 by Germany.
Alexander Cox's Green Machine were still in with a shout of making the last four despite a 5-1 win defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday and 3-3 draw with Scotland on Sunday but were two behind by half-time and shipped three more goals in the closing minutes.
They had had a promising start with Daragh Walsh securing a penalty corner for Ireland in the second minute of the game but German keeper Victor Aly was able to keep Shane O’Donoghue’s drag flick from crossing the line and putting Ireland on the score board.
Germany went on to score two goals from two penalty corners from Wellen and Grambusch in the opening quarter. Opportunities from Ireland came from Eugene Magee and Kirk Shimmins while Mark Ingram saved well from a penalty corner as the score remained Ireland 0-2 Germany at half-time.
Jamie Carr was on form with a number of excellent saves in the third quarter and a more assertive Ireland applied pressure that resulted in a few missed opportunities: Sean Murray was able to find Eugene Magee with a chance which was sent wide again while shortly after Magee and Robson linked up well before Tim Cross slipped past the ball.
The German defence was strong in the final quarter as Ireland secured two penalty corners, neither converted to a goal.
Carr was taken off as Ireland attempted to get on the score board by increasing their outfield numbers but Germany continued to apply pressure and secured a further three goals in the final five minutes, the last goal coming from a penalty corner which Lee Cole was unlucky not to block.
The Irish Men now enter the relegation pool with Scotland and England. Their first opponent on Thursday (2.45pm Irish time) will be either Wales or Spain if the Welsh beat Belgium by four or more goals this evening. The bottom two teams in the pool will be relegated to Euro Hockey II level.
Ireland's women have won one and lost one of their two pool games and play Germany at 10.15am tomorrow knowing a win will book their spot in the last four.
Ireland: J Jackson, J Bell, E Magee, K Shimmins, S O’Donoghue, M Robson, B Walker, D Walsh, P Gleghorne, C Harte, M Ingram.
Subs: J Carr, T Cross, S Murray, J Duncan, L Cole, S Loughrey, S Cole.
Germany: M Muller, M Grambusch, L Windfeder M Haner, T Herzbruch, C Ruhr, M Zwicker, F Fuchs, T Oruz, J Grosse, V Aly.
Subs: N Wellen, D Nguyen, T Grambusch, D Linnekogel, F Wienke, T Walter, M Hellwig.