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Double ton for McCay but Ireland taste defeat

Ireland 1 Germany 3

By John Flack

Ireland produced another superb display at the World League 3 tournament in Valencia but Shirley McCay's achievement in winning her 200th cap was marked by disappointment after a 3-1 defeat by Germany.

The 2008 Olympic champions were flattered by the scoreline and, indeed, their final goal came with just 38 seconds remaining after Ireland had launched a series of attacks as they went in search of an equaliser.

"I am very proud of my achievement although we're disappointed with the result and conceding that late goal but we'll move on now with Uruguay to come on Saturday," said Ulster Elks midfielder McCay.

"We wanted to come out strongly against a top-class German team and get stuck in but we always knew it was going to be very tough. We managed to create quite a few chances but we weren't clinical enough in front of goal."

At the start of the Olympic qualifier, Ireland would certainly have settled for three points from their opening two matches, and a win over Uruguay, who were beaten 2-0 by the United States, would leave them well placed to finish third in Pool B.

Ireland thought they had scored in the first half when Kate Dillon knocked the ball home from close range but the umpire disallowed it after consulting the TMO following a German referral.

The European champions scored twice in the space of five minutes at the start of the second half, shortly after Megan Frazer had been denied by a terrific save from the German keeper.

Anne Schroder got the opener from a well-worked set-piece in the 32nd minute and then Marie Mavers made it 2-0.

Anna O'Flanagan pulled one back in the 48th minute after being set up by Ulster's Katie Mullan but Lydia Haase sealed the win in the last minute with a brilliant deflection.

Tomorrow: Pool A: Great Britain v Argentina (4pm); Spain v Canada (6pm); Pool B: Ireland v Uruguay (12noon); South Africa v USA (2pm).

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