|April 29th, 2008|
|7||Round-Robin||12:30pm||IRL - URU||1 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final|
Ireland went in the first game of the day with the momentum of winning their initial two matches in this competition and immediately took control of the play, pressuring Uruguay but only generating one good scoring chance on a penalty-corner. Uruguay maintained a well regrouped defensive structure, and were close to score when Virginia CASABO ran the whole length of the pitch but her powerful reverse stick drive when just wide.
Ireland finally opened the scoring on their forth penalty-corner with a low flick by Nikki SYMMONS on the left post, but were denied time after time by a composed Uruguayan defense well backed by Paula PEREZ in goal. Going into the break, Ireland only had a meager lead of one goal to show for their large domination.
The same pattern continued into the second half, with play confined in one half of the field, Ireland relentlessly building attacks and Uruguay consistently pushing them back. Ireland were certainly not playing with the same intensity they displayed against Canada on Sunday, and were unlucky on occasions, hitting twice the post. They pocketed the 3 points of the win to keep them on course for a spot in the Final on Sunday, but will need to be more efficient with their goal scoring when they meet the other top teams in this competition, Korea and Italy.
Uruguay on the other hand, although still chasing their first goal and first point, can be happy with the performance of their young team, improving from one game to the next and faring well today against a team much higher in the world rankings.