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Centurion: Ayeisha McFerran with 100th cap and Lena Tice

Centurion: Ayeisha McFerran with 100th cap and Lena Tice

Centurion: Ayeisha McFerran with 100th cap and Lena Tice

Ayeisha McFerran won her 100th senior international cap last night but there was to be no fairytale celebration as Ireland fell to a 4-1 defeat by Germany in the last of their five Olympic warm-up games in Stellenbosch.

The Larne woman was in typically impressive form but Ireland were no match for the classy World No.4 nation.

McFerran was beaten for the first time in the 14th minute from a Nike Lorenz penalty corner and Leena Micheel then made it 2-0 before the break.

Anne Schroder added a third, and then Ireland captain Katie Mullan set up Ellen Curran, who scored with a first-time deflection in the 53rd minute.

Kira Horn then wrapped it up with the Germans' final goal.

Ireland had won all three of their games against South Africa but lost both against Germany.

Coach Sean Dancer said: "It's been good to test ourselves in the heat bearing in mind how hot Tokyo will be and useful to identify areas to work on and strengths that can be enhanced.

"It's also good to play against different styles of hockey and nice to get time together as a group."

Meanwhile, the internationals will be back with their clubs on Saturday for the resumption of the EY Irish Hockey League.

Shirley McCay, who won her 305th cap last night, will be hoping to help Pegasus consolidate their position at the top when they travel to Dublin to take on Anna O'Flanagan's Muckross.

Serena Barr and Lizzie Colvin will line out for bottom of the table Belfast Harlequins who are away to a Loreto side just two points behind Pegasus.

Fixtures: Cork Harlequins v Railway Union; Loreto v Belfast Harlequins (2.45pm); Muckross v Pegasus (3.15pm); Old Alex v Pembroke; UCD v Catholic Institute.

Belfast Telegraph