The Irish men’s hockey team played Holland in the second of three training matches in Alicante on Saturday.
Ireland played very well against the Dutch despite again conceding an early goal. Robbert Kemperman scored after only four minutes to give his side an early advantage at 1-0. The more experienced side went two up after 29 minutes when Roderick Weusthof doubled his side’s tally with a nice score from play.
Ireland improved after the break and were the better team for much of the second half. Their efforts were eventually rewarded in the 52nd minute when John Jackson managed to get the ball in the Dutch goal to make it 2-1. Each side had a chance to score again in the dying minutes but the Dutch held out for a deserved win.
On the evidence of this game, the Irish side are improving at this level and are likely to prove a match for some of the better teams as the season progresses.