Ireland are staring down the barrel of relegation to Phase 2 of the European Hockey Championships after England defeated them on Thursday. Ireland will now need to beat Wales in their final group game, a win there may still not be enough to avoid relegation.
Zachary Wallace and Phil Roper scored a goal each in a matter of minutes which gave England a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ireland managed to half the deficit when Michael Robson scored early in the second quarter. However, despite this the Three Lions looked in control. Jamie Carr came on for Mark Ingram in the third quarter and was called upon very quickly keeping effort out from Phil Roper and Christopher Griffiths.
Ireland were reduced to 10 players in the final quarter when Conor Harte picked up a yellow card. However, it was a dubious yellow card. Ireland will now face on Saturday at 2.45pm looking for their first win in the pool. Both teams will be looking for the win to have a slim chance of avoiding relegation. However, if Scotland or England draw then Wales and Ireland will be relegated.
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