Antrim's Mark Gleghorne scores for England to knock Ireland and brother Paul out of Hockey World Cup
Antrim man Mark Gleghorne struck to break Ireland hearts, knocking his former side out of the Hockey World Cup.
Gleghorne netted late as England ran out 4-2 winners in India to seal a crossover place and condemn Ireland to bottom spot in Pool B and elimination
The Green Machine needed just a draw to extend their stay at world hockey's top table. They had twice fought back to level but England secured success with Gleghorne's late goal confirming Ireland's fate. Mark's brother Paul, of course, started for Ireland.
Chris Cargo and Shane O'Donoghue had cancelled out David Condon and Liam Ansell's goal but within seconds of O'Donoghue making it 2-2, James Gall struck, clearing the stage for Gleghorne to make the result safe with a penalty corner in the last play of the game.
“This is painful, you never get used to losing," said Ireland coach Alexander Cox.
"I wasn’t happy with the first quarter, we were on the back-foot but in the second half we turned it around and gave it our all. I think in every game this tournament we had an opportunity to get a result but in the end, we weren’t clinical enough.
"We tried; I’m proud of the players and how they conducted themselves, we gave it our all throughout the tournament. We just have to make sure the next time we are on the other end of the result."
"It's always a tight game against Ireland and they caused us quite a lot of problems," England's man-of-the-match Liam Ansell told the BBC.
"But we knew that if we could take our chances then we would win the game and we did that here. We never wanted to draw the game - in these tournaments it's about building momentum from game to game and that's what we're trying to do."
Ireland had been narrowly beaten 2-1 by world number one side Australia last weekend and were then held to a draw by China on Tuesday.
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