Hockey: Green Army Hold Olympic Bronze Medallists To 2-2 Draw

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Updated: July 10, 2017
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Hockey World League Semi Finals Johannesburg

Ireland 2(Wilson, Duke)

Germany 2 (Wortmann, Lorenz)

 

A dramatic finish and a goal in the final second of the game saw the Green Army denied another famous victory over the Olympic bronze medallists.

 

It was Ireland who started the brighter of the sides with an early chance just escaping the outstretched reach of a diving Deirdre Duke following pin-point passing between Roisin Upton and Gillian Pinder. Moments later Hannah Matthews sent another pass through the German midfield to find Emily Beatty free at the top of the circle but her shot fizzed wide. Lisa Altenburg began to make her presence felt and spun around her marker only to send her strike past the post. Germany didn’t take long to grow into the game as the second quarter began and racked up 4 penalty corners but Ayeisha McFerran kept her goal intact expertly.

 

The sides exchanged yellow cards early in the second half, a feisty encounter with 5 yellows being dished out in total, and Germany added 2 more PC’s to their tally. McFerran was in inspired form and despite the Irish defence being under somewhat constant pressure their structures looked organised and were frustrating the German forward line. The Olympic bronze medallists elected to remove their GK and enlist a kicking back as Upton received a yellow card. The player advantage worked as Wortmann levelled the game with a tap in from a PC routine in the 56th minute. The monumental defensive effort continued for the Green Army but in the 60th minute it looked like they had snatched a famous victory. Nicci Daly darted off on a signature run, drawing defenders as she went, before firing a pass into the circle where Anna O’Flanagan calmly tipped the ball into the path of Duke who fired goalward. But the German’s won their 10th PC in the final second of the game and Nike Lorenz sent her drag just out of reach of McFerran, a somewhat controversial goal perhaps as it appeared the PC clock hadn’t reached zero and the Irish were still setting themselves.

 

However, a draw against the Olympic bronze medallists leaves the Irish with plenty of positives in their second game of World League. Head Coach Graham Shaw said “I thought the girls executed the game-plan brilliantly and worked incredibly hard. They put a monumental effort in and made it very difficult for the Germans”.

 

The Green Army are next in action on Wednesday (July 12th) against Poland at 1pm (Irish time), with the fixture to be shown live on BT Sport.

 

Ireland men’s hockey team continue their World League campaign tomorrow (5pm Irish time) against Belgium, shown live on BT Sport.

 

Ireland: A McFerran, N Evans, K Mullan (Captain), S McCay, E Tice, G Pinder, R Upton, N Daly, H Matthews, A O’Flanagan, Z Wilson

Subs: G O’Flanagan, Y O’Byrne, E Beatty, S Loughran, C Watkins, L Colvin, D Duke

 

Germany: N Lorenz, C Stapenhorst, J Muller-Wieland (Captain), N Heyn, J Teschke, L Altenburg, J Ciupka, F Hauke, C Pieper, M Mavers, H Granitzki

Subs: L Schneider, E Grave, T Martin Pelegrina, C Nobis, N Notman, A Wortmann, V Huse

 

Women:

 

Pool A           Pool B

England        Argentina

Germany      USA

Japan             South Africa

Ireland          India

Poland          Chile

 

NB. Times listed are local (Johannesburg)

 

DATE INFO TIME* TEAMS
July 8, 2017 Pool A 12:00

 JPN 1-1 IRL

  Pool A 14:00

 GER 1-0 POL

  Pool B 16:00

 USA 1-0 CHI

  Pool B 18:00

 RSA 0-0 IND

July 10, 2017 Pool B 12:00

 ARG 2-0 CHI

  Pool A 14:00

 GER 2-2 IRL

  Pool A 16:00

 ENG – POL

  Pool B 18:00

 USA – IND

July 12, 2017 Pool B 12:00

 IND – CHI

  Pool A 14:00

 IRL – POL

  Pool A 16:00

 JPN – ENG

  Pool B 18:00

 RSA – ARG

July 14, 2017 Pool A 12:00

 POL – JPN

  Pool B 14:00

 CHI – RSA

  Pool B 16:00

 USA – ARG

  Pool A 18:00

 GER – ENG

July 16, 2017 Pool A 12:00

 JPN – GER

  Pool A 14:00

 ENG – IRL

  Pool B 16:00

 RSA – USA

  Pool B 18:00

 ARG – IND

July 18, 2017 QF 11:15 -
  QF 13:30 -
  QF 15:45 -
  QF 18:00 -
July 20, 2017 9th/10th Place 10:00 -
  5 / 8 Place 12:15 -
  5 / 8 Place 14:30 -
  Semi Final 16:45 -
  Semi Final 19:00 -
July 22, 2017 7th/8th Place 11:15 -
  5th/6th Place 13:30 -
July 23, 2017 3rd/4th Place 11:00 -
  Final 15:30 -

 

 

Men:

 

Pool A                Pool B 

Australia            Germany

New Zealand     Belgium

Spain                  South Africa

Japan                  Ireland

France                Egypt

 

DATE INFO TIME* TEAMS
July 9, 2017 Pool A 12:00

 NZL 3-3 FRA

  Pool A 14:00

 ESP 2-1 JPN

  Pool B 16:00

 BEL 10-0 EGY

  Pool B 18:00

 RSA 0-2 IRL

July 11, 2017 Pool B 12:00

 GER – EGY

  Pool A 14:00

 AUS – FRA

  Pool A 16:00

 NZL – JPN

  Pool B 18:00

 BEL – IRL

July 13, 2017 Pool B 12:00

 IRL – EGY

  Pool A 14:00

 JPN – FRA

  Pool A 16:00

 ESP – AUS

  Pool B 18:00

 RSA – GER

July 15, 2017 Pool A 12:00

 FRA – ESP

  Pool A 14:00

 NZL – AUS

  Pool B 16:00

 EGY – RSA

  Pool B 18:00

 BEL – GER

July 17, 2017 Pool A 12:00

 AUS – JPN

  Pool A 14:00

 ESP – NZL

  Pool B 16:00

 GER – IRL

  Pool B 18:00

 RSA – BEL

July 19, 2017 QF 11:15 -
  QF 13:30 -
  QF 15:45 -
  QF 18:00 -
July 21, 2017 9th/10th Place 10:00 -
  5 / 8 Place 12:15 -
  5 / 8 Place 14:30 -
  Semi Final 16:45 -
  Semi Final 19:00 -
July 22, 2017 7th/8th Place 15:45 -
  5th – 6th Place 18:00 -
July 23, 2017 3rd/4th Place 13:15 -
  Final 18:00 -

 

NB. Times listed are local (Johannesburg) 

 

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