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Ireland U16's Six Nations misery continues after Belgium late show


By John Flack

Ireland's Under-16 girls fell to their fourth defeat in a row at the Six Nations tournament in Cork yesterday when they lost 3-0 to Belgium.

The hosts started brightly but Belgium scored all of their goals in the last 17 minutes.

Ireland will be hoping to break their duck tomorrow when they round off their campaign against Germany (3pm).

The Under-18s take on Spain today in Santander (8.45am), hoping for a win that would almost certainly keep them in Europe's top flight.

Ireland coach, Ulsterman Gareth Grundie, said: "Spain are very skilful in the final third but if we can contain them, they will give us chances as was evident when they lost 4-3 to Belgium."

Ireland's Under-23s will stay in contention for third at the Six Nations in Antwerp if they defeat Belgium today (1.30pm).

None of the boys' teams played yesterday but today the Under-18s face Poland at Santander (1.45pm), the Under-16s Belgium in Cork (2pm), and the U23s Belgium in Antwerp (5pm).

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