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Hockey: Gleghorne upset as Dutch put dent in Euro dream

By john Flack

Published 22/08/2007

Mark Gleghorne last night spoke of his disappointment at Ireland's failure to get a positive result against world number three Holland at the Eurohockey Nations Cup tournament in Manchester yesterday.

<p>But ironically that's a measure of how far the team has progressed evidenced by the narrowness of the margin in a 1-0 defeat against the powerful Dutch.</p>

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<p>Gleghorne had earlier been on the mark as Ireland shocked defending champions Spain with a 1-1 draw in Sunday's opener.</p>

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<p>"We were disappointed not to get a draw against Holland and we matched them in every department," said the Loughborough graduate. "We were by no means overrun and we had several chances to score against them.</p>

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<p>"But I suppose when we reflect we've done pretty well so far in the tournament.</p>

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<p>"It was good to get a decent result against Spain, though at the end of the day we have only one point from a possible six. We set out to qualify for the Olympics by finishing in the top three, but now that's looking unlikely unfortunately."</p>

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<p>It's been a busy schedule for the Irish squad, eight of whom are from Ulster, Gleghorne included.</p>

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<p>"At the end of the tournament, we will have played five games in eight days which is pretty hectic," he added. "When we first arrived we had a few training sessions, but all that has changed now.</p>

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<p>"In between games we rest a lot to recover and it's quite tiring with such a busy programme of matches."</p>

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