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Ireland play second fiddle to strong Germans


By John Flack

Ireland's women fell to a 3-0 defeat against Germany in Dusseldorf yesterday as they prepared for next month's World Cup trip to London.

On Saturday, Ireland had clinched the Three Nations title with 1-1 draw against Canada following their 2-1 victory over their hosts on Thursday.

Germany were well worth their win in yesterday's stand-alone game and Ireland played second fiddle both in terms of possession and goal scoring chances.

After Ulster's Katie Mullan had an early shot saved, the Germans missed a penalty stroke in the 12th minute when Nike Lorenz saw her effort crash off the bar.

But the hosts went ahead shortly afterwards through Alisa Vivot's deflection and they doubled their lead before the break when she was on target again with a powerful backhand shot.

Ireland were unable to make inroads into the opposition circle and it was no surprise when Lisa Altenburg added their third goal in the second half when she punished an Irish errors.

Six Ulster players are in the Irish squad of 22 which will be reduced to 18 tomorrow for the World Cup, with a worry surrounding the fitness of Megan Frazer. But the other five Ulster players should make the cut, with Mullan, Zoe Wilson, Lizzie Colvin, Ayeisha McFerran and Shirley McCay expected to be retained.

Ireland v Germany: G O'Flanagan, Y O'Byrne, N Evans (capt.), K Mullan, S McCay, L Colvin, H Matthews, S Torrans, A O'Flanagan,, Z Wilson, D Duke. Subs: E Tice, N Carroll, E Beatty, S Loughran, A McFerran, C Watkins, A Meeke

Saturday: Canada 1 Ireland 1 (K Mullan).

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