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Young Irish side handed big shock as visiting USA snatch late victory


By Graham Hamilton

Ireland men crashed to a humiliating 2-1 defeat last night to a USA team ranked 16 places below them on the world ladder.

Just 24 hours earlier the Irish had crushed the Americans 5-1 but this time assistant coach John Bessel opted to give youth their chance and it backfired as the visitors scored twice in the last five minutes to steal victory.

Bessel will be joined by the other assistants Jonny Caren and Kai de Jager for the Hamburg Masters later this month when a more experienced panel will get the opportunity to get things back on the rails.

It all looked so good early on when Jeremy Duncan won a penalty corner in the 24th minute and Shane O'Donoghue tucked it away in the bottom corner.

But chances were wasted and the Green Machine were made to pay when Kei Kaepller's reverse on the volley soared past Jamie Carr and into the top corner.

With the Irish now operating a kicking back, the USA won a penalty corner and William Holt put away the rebound for victory.

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