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Ireland stun Germany with Katie's late winner in Berlin

 

By John Flack

A dramatic late winner scored by Ulster's Katie Mullan clinched the Ireland women's hockey team a magnificent 2-1 victory over Olympic bronze medallists Germany at the Four Nations tournament in Berlin last night.

There were just four minutes remaining when the former Ballymoney striker, now with UCD, hit a glorious goal to secure Ireland one of their best-ever results against the former Olympic champions.

It was Ireland's first positive outcome against the side ranked seventh in the World since the teams fought out a 1-1 draw at the 2004 Olympic qualifier in Auckland.

Both teams are using the tournament to prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifying campaigns, and Ireland will now travel to South Africa next month in confident mood.

Ireland face China tomorrow (4pm UK time) before meeting Korea in their final match of the tournament on Sunday.

Ireland shocked their hosts with a brilliant opening goal as Anna O'Flanagan latched on to a pass from Sinead Loughran in the 18th minute to score with a clinical finish after cutting inside.

After several fine saves from Ulster goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran, Germany levelled in the 45th minute when Jana Teschke scored from a penalty-corner rebound.

Ireland had a let-off in the 52nd minute when Franzisca Hauke's set-piece effort skimmed the woodwork, but four minutes later Mullan grabbed the winner when she connected with Hannah Matthews' long pass to deflect the ball home.

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