Ireland closed out their final match of the European Championships with a 3-1 loss against Scotland on Saturday morning.
The result of which sees them relegated to Division B.
Ireland opened well bossing the first ten minutes and their persistence paid off when a well worked piece of attacking play set Anna O’Flangan up to slot home at close range.
Ireland maintained their lead for ten minutes before Cat Ralph converted the penalty stroke which was awarded in the aftermath of a penalty corner routine.
Just moments later Scotland took the lead when Nikki Kidd converted her side’s second penalty corner giving her side the edge as the break came.
Scotland put the game beyond Ireland’s reach in the 51st minute when Holly Cram converted a well worked penalty corner routine to make it 3-1 in favour of Scotland.
Ireland oach Darren Smith said: “It was always going to be a tough match Scotland are a good side and we have had close battles over the years so we expected a lot of passion and commitment from both sides, which we saw today.
“inability to convert penalty corners has cost us throughout this tournament – we had eight penalty corners today and we weren’t able to get a meaningful shot on target.
“Scotland took their chances well and you have to give them credit on how they managed to put the goals away.”