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Chambers shines again as Irish U16s hold classy Spain


By Graham Hamilton

Ireland's Under-16 boys are growing in confidence as they chalked up another positive result at the Six Nations tournament in Cork yesterday, drawing with the Spanish side that had won their opening two games.

The 2-2 result followed the previous day's 4-3 win over England, but Niall Denham's lads couldn't get the bonus point from the shoot-out against Spain, with their first three all failing to convert.

Nevertheless it was another encouraging result, and once again it was Wallace High schoolboy Troy Chambers who was the hero, scoring both goals having got a hat-trick against England 24 hours earlier.

That takes his tally to five in the last two games.

Chambers gave them the lead from a penalty corner, but Paul Cabre and Grau Albert turned things around for Spain before Chambers struck again to earn a point.

Tomorrow they take on more strong opposition in Belgium (2pm), with Germany coming up on Saturday.

There was no such luck for the Under-18s at the European Championships in Santander as Elun Hack's lads fell to their third successive defeat - 7-0 against Belgium - leaving them bottom of their pool and with a must-win initial crossover game against Poland to keep alive slender hopes of avoiding relegation.

Jonny Caren's Under-23s also suffered a heavy defeat in Antwerp when they lost 6-1 to Great Britain in their Six Nations series. They face Belgium tomorrow (5pm).

Meanwhile, the Under-23 women were just three minutes away from securing a memorable win over Great Britain but had to settle for a 2-2 draw at the Six Nations tournament in Antwerp.

Dave Passmore's side trailed at the break but they responded well in the second half to lead 2-1 after goals from senior internationals Sarah Torrans and Ulster's Jessica McMaster.

However, Great Britain hit back to equalise in the dying minutes from a hotly-disputed penalty corner to earn a share of the spoils. Ireland will now prepare for tomorrow's game with Belgium (11.30am).

Ireland's Under-18s lost 4-0 to England at the European Championships in Santander and now slide into the relegation group.

They will carry over three points following their earlier win over Belarus as they prepare to face Spain tomorrow (8.45am) and France on Saturday, probably needing one victory to preserve their top-flight status.

Finally, Milly Lynch scored Ireland's consolation goal as the Under-16s lost 2-1 to Spain at the Six Nations in Cork. Next up for them is Belgium today (4pm).

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