Ireland suffer narrow defeat in Hockey World Cup opener

The Green Machine went down 2-1 in India

BY Darren Cleary 13:15 Friday 30 November 2018, 13:15 30 Nov 2018

The Irish Men's Hockey team have suffered defeat in their first appearance at the World Cup in 28 years.

The Green Machine were beaten 2-1 against Australia in their opening Pool B encounter in India.

Blake Govers and Tim Brand got the goals for Australia. Shane O'Donogue was Ireland's scorer. It was a creditable performance from Ireland who were a match for the reigning World champions for much of the contest.

Ireland qualified for the World Cup only twice before their appearance at this tournament - finishing in 12th place on both occasions in 1978 and 1990.

They qualified for the Olympics for the first time in 2016 via the Hockey World League Semi-Finals and finished 10th place at the tournament.

In the same year Ireland won bronze at the EuroHockey Championships. Next up for Ireland in Pool B is a game with China on Tuesday before playing England later next week.

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