Wales 4-0 Ireland

A tough day in Antwerp at the Euro Hockey Championships saw Ireland relegated in eighth place following a 4-0 defeat to Wales.

The Welsh took the lead through Gareth Furlong in just the fourth minute from a penalty corner.

It got worse for the Green Machine when Furlong made it two early in the second quarter from another penalty corner.

A yellow card for Dolan Grey provided Ireland with some hope ahead of half-time, but opportunities from Walker and Murray were defended and sent out wide before the whistle blew.

Ireland were awarded a penalty corner to kick-start their second half, but again Tranter stopped Shane O’Donoghue's shot.

 A shot from Walsh was deflected over the bar, while a cross from O’Donoghue found Kirk Shimmins in front of the goal. He just missed the deflection and the opportunity was gone. Walsh then found Cole with an aerial from across the goal, but Ieuan Tranter was well placed to block.

Wales moved back down the pitch, with Dale Hutchinson getting a short solo run, slipping past Irish defence and sliding the ball past Ingram to make it three and Ben Francis rubbed salt into the wounds at the death.

The result means Ireland are relegated from the competition and will compete in Euro Hockey II Championships in 2021.

"We didn't perform how we could have performed at this tournament," said head coach Alexander Cox afterwards.

"We need to assess what happened, we need to assess with the group because the Olympic qualifier is coming up and it’s important for the group that we know exactly why we didn’t perform, especially today.

"There was still a chance and we under performed.

"In the end, we failed as a group, including coaching staff, otherwise we would have played better. There were some good moments in this tournament but most of the time we didn’t perform the way we could perform and that’s a hard learning."

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

Wales: D Kyriakides, J Draper, R Shipperley, R Furlong, S Kelly, R Bradshaw, G Furlong, O Dolan-Gray, J Gooch, L Hawker, I Tranter

Subs: J Fortnam, J Naughalty, L Prosser, J Carson, D Hutchinson, H Jones, B Francis