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Good run: Ben Cosgrove starred for Ireland at Mossley yesterday

Good run: Ben Cosgrove starred for Ireland at Mossley yesterday

Good run: Ben Cosgrove starred for Ireland at Mossley yesterday

First it was snow on the opening day, then came the rain and gale force winds on the second. But the Four Nations Under-21 fournament at Mossley is still surviving but will go into a fourth day after some rescheduling.

Although the weather has been doing its best to interrupt proceedings at The Glade, yesterday's two games went ahead with Ireland drawing 1-1 with arch rivals England and Junior World Cup champions Germany crushing Scotland 4-0.

Today's programme sees England take on Scotland at 5pm and Ireland facing favourites Germany at 7pm.

The Germany against England game, snowed off on the first day, has been rescheduled for Friday morning at 8am before both teams fly home in the afternoon.

Ireland's draw with England yesterday in lashing rain, added to Tuesday's 5-1 success over Scotland, puts them temporarily top of the table.

But Jonny Caren's young Green Machine started slowly and it was England who took the lead after eight minutes when Luke Taylor fired home a penalty corner drag flick.

But after Ben Cosgrove and Matthew Allister had good runs, Ireland won their first penalty corner and Lee Cole's drag flick flew into the net for the equaliser.

Kirk Shimmins, Sam O'Connor and Peter Brown all had good runs but then the Irish did well to survive a spell when they were down to 10 men and England won two penalty corners.

In yesterday's first game Germany opened their account against the Scots after just nine minutes through Constantin Staib, with Fabio Bernhardt getting the second just two minutes later.

Max van Laak got their third from a penalty corner four minutes into the second half and a Christian Schmiedel shot on the reverse made it four, 20 minutes from the end.

* ULSTER hockey has lost a second past president in a matter of a fortnight, with the passing of George Houston.

An Antrim stalwart and a former umpire, George was Branch president in 1993-94 during which he also served on the Irish Hockey Union council.

George's passing comes just a short time after that of Carson Clarke, and the hockey fraternity again pass on their condolences to the Houston family circle.

IRELAND: M Ingram, M Robson, J Lorimer, M Bell, L Cole, S Murray, K Shimmins, R Nair, J Wright, J McKee, N Burns. Subs: B McMillan, P McKibbin, M Allister, B Cosgrove, P Brown, S O'Connor, N Glassey.

Belfast Telegraph