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Irish men’s hockey team suffer late heartbreak

The hosts missed out on Olympic qualification at a packed Belfield today, in the cruelest of circumstances.

Ireland's Andy McConnell shows his disappointment at the end of the game.
Ireland's Andy McConnell shows his disappointment at the end of the game.

Ireland 2-3 Korea

THE IRELAND MEN’S hockey team lost to a crushing last-minute deflected strike at Belfield this afternoon, ending their bid for Olympic qualification in the process.

Ireland lost the game 3-2, having twice led, courtesy of goals from Peter Caruth and Timmy Cockram.

Having secured a necessary draw against Malaysia on Saturday, Ireland came close to toppling a team placed ten positions above them in the world rankings, in a playoff to determine which side would progress to the Olympic Games.

However, as the game looked to be heading for extra time, a fortuitous goal from Nam Young Lee in the final seconds of the game put paid to the hosts’ London 2012 dream.

Ireland Team: David Harte; John Jackson; Geoff McCabe; Ronan Gormley; Michael Watt; John Jermyn; Ian Sloan; Mitch Darling; David Ames; Paul Gleghorne; Stuart Loughrey.
Reserves: Chris Cargo; John Jermyn; Peter Caruth; Andy McConnell; Timmy Cockram.

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