World champions Germany crush Irish in Mossley U21 tournament
Ireland's hopes of an unlikely triumph in the men's Under-21 Four-Nations event at Mossley were ended as they were beaten 5-1 by Germany on Thursday.
The Irish went close on a couple of occasions early on before John Hillman put the Germans ahead on 13 minutes.
Joshua Delarber and Hillman added to the world under-21 champions's lead before Johnny McKee replied for the Irish before the break.
Delarber and Leon Willemsen added further German goals before the finish.
With England hammering Scotland 7-0 in Thursday's other match, the tournament was be decided by Friday's early-morning re-arranged clash between the English and Germany, the Germans triumphing 4-2.
Those two teams were scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening but the game had to be cancelled because of snow.
Four Nations Under-21 Tournament fixtures/results
Tuesday 11 February
Ireland 5-1 Scotland
England P-P Germany
Wednesday 12 February
Germany 4-0 Scotland
Ireland 1-1 England
Thursday 13 February
England 7-0 Scotland
Ireland 1-5 Germany
Friday 14 February
Germany 4-2 England