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Hockey: Gleghorne upset as Dutch put dent in Euro dream

By john Flack

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.

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.

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

"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.

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

"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."

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

"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.

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

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