Ireland will take on Wales in their final pool game of the men's European Hockey Championships knowing a win may not be enough to avoid relegation from the top tier.

Two goals in as many minutes from Zachary Wallace and Phil Roper gave England a 2-0 lead in the first quarter of their pool encounter in Antwerp

Michael Robson pulled one back for Ireland early into the second quarter, but it was England who continued to dominate possession.

Goalkeeper Jamie Carr came on for Mark Ingram in the third quarter and was quickly involved in the action, making excellent saves from Roper and Chris Griffiths.

The final quarter followed a similar pattern, though Ireland were left incensed when Conor Harte received a yellow card and ensured the men in green finished with 10 players.

Without a win in the competition, the Green Army face a Welsh side also seeking a first victory at 2.45pm on Saturday.

With both sides occupying the bottom two spots in Pool C, only a win for either side gives any chance of avoiding the drop to Championship II.

However, should England and Scotland draw their game beforehand, it guarantees Wales and Ireland both drop to the second tier.

"We're very disappointed after that result today," Eugene McGee said afterwards.

"England are a strong side. We had some good phases of play, unfortunately our end product wasn’t good enough today.

"We’ll pick ourselves up, go again, recover well and look forward to Wales."

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

England: G Pinner, D Ames, H Wier, A Jackson, I Sloan, S Ward, P Roper, A Dixon, B Creed, J Gall, W Calnan

Subs: H Gibson, O Willars, H Martin, C Griffiths, J Waller, T Sorsby, Z Wallace