HOCKEY: Ireland slump to another defeat to classy Germany

John Jermyn scored for Ireland
John Jermyn scored for Ireland

Ireland 1 Germany 6

Despite another improved performance from Ireland it was Germany who secured a clean sweep in Hamburg with a 6-1 victory.

The men in green started the stronger of the two sides but that lethal German counter attack put Ireland on the back foot in the ninth minute when Constantin Staib opened the scoring.

David Fitzgerald was called on to make a smart save from a penalty corner drag flick and the score remained 1-0 at the end of the opening quarter.

Ireland were perhaps unlucky to go 2-0 down as a PC switch hit the defender on the line, and Christopher Ruhr converted the subsequent penalty stroke. The Green Machine began to find their rhythm and put together some strong passages of possession to keep the score at 2-0 going into half time.

Mark Ingram took his place in the Irish goal for the second half and was quickly called into action to make a save from an early German PC. The German sharpness and precision was on display once again as Mats Grambusch was first to a rebounded ball to make it 3-0.

A flick from Moritz Furste, followed 2 minutes later by a field goal from Timm Herzbruch appeared to put the game out of reach as the scoreboard ticked up to 5-0.

However, Mikie Watt set himself up for a shot after winning the ball and the experienced John Jermyn deflected the ball goal-ward to make it 5-1.

Another blistering counter attack by Germany saw Marco Miltkau add to the scoreline and the game finished 6-1.