Hockey: Defeats for men’s and women’s under-21s teams

Germany dispatched the men’s side while the women fell to England

Ireland’s men and women under-21s teams were left disappointed in Valencia. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland’s men and women under-21s teams were left disappointed in Valencia. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

 

In the aftermath of the senior EuroHockey Championships, the Irish under-21s started their Junior campaigns, both suffered tough losses in the searing Valencia heat.

The men fell 4-2 to Germany despite equalisers from Simon Wolfe and Luke Madeley. The latter made it 2-2 with 20 minutes to go but an instant riposte from Moritz Rothlander and another from Thies Ole Prins saw Germany pull clear. They face a crucial tie against Austria on Wednesday.

On the women’s side, Dave Passmore’s side lost 3-0 to England – coached by former Irish underage international Colin Clarke – all coming before the break.

From there, Ireland had much of the game but could not pull things back.

“We started nervously and got punished. We had more corners in the second half, way more of the possession but you have to play at 0-0 and not 3-0.”

For both Irish sides, the key target is to avoid relegation with 2020 Junior World Cup will be decided based on 2019 Euro top level rankings.

EuroHockey Junior Championships

Men

Pool B: Ireland 2 (S Wolfe, L Madeley) Germany 4 (N Bosserhoff, J Schiffer, M Rothlander, T O Prins); Belgium 5 Austria 1.

Women

Pool B: Ireland 0 England 3 (H Munro, E Sanders, H Hunt); France 0 Germany 0.

Tuesday: Ireland v France, 2.30pm.

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