The Irish Men’s National team fell to England 11-8 in the opening round of the 2012 European Championship Tournament.
After a tightly contested first quarter that had the two teams knotted up 1-1, England sparked a run of goals in the second quarter, and the Irish went into halftime down 7-2.
Team Ireland made some halftime adjustments and began a second half comeback. They scored quickly to close the gap and played a very competetive 3rd quarter. The Irish continued the comeback by outscoring the English in the fourth quarter.
“The guys played very tough and the effort was great” said Head Coach Tom Prior after the game. “We have to continue to play tough throughout the entire tournament.”
Connor Sweeney played solidly in net, recording 15 saves, many of which were on shots that came from within 5 yards. Colin O’Donoghue and Kris Prior led the attack with two goals each. Longpole defenseman Patrick Johnston scored an unassisted goal that helped spark a rally by the Irish. Brendan Walsh and Paddy O’Leary also found the back of the net.