|June 19th, 2011|
|6||Pool A||1:00pm||RSA - JPN||5 - 1 (2 - 1)||Final|
Five-star South Africa crush Japan to top Pool A
Goals from Shelley Russell, Tarryn Bright, Pietee Coetzee, Kim Hubach and Dirkie Chamberlain gave south Africa an emphatic victory against Japan in the sec ond Pool A match of the day here in Dublin. It was a dominant display by South Africa who now sit at the top of Pool A ahead of Scotland courtesy of a superior goal difference.
Japan started the match very slowly and quickly fell behind when Shelley Russell tapped in from close range in only the second minute of the match. South Africa looked full of confidence, with Russell, Sulette Damons and Pietee Coetzee looking constantly threatening in attack.
It was not long before South Africa’s lead was doubled when the ever-reliable Pietee Coetzee aimed a low penalty corner flick wide of the left post where Tarryn Bright was on hand for the simplest of finishes.
Japan came more into the game as the half progressed, and created some decent chances to pull themselves back into the game. Mie Nakashima thought she had reduced the deficit in the 23rd minute when she fired in only for her goal to be ruled out due to a high stick.
However, Japan did manage to get themselves a lifeline in the 28th minute when Rika Komazawa dived a full stretch to deflect a penalty corner into the net at the right post.
The scores were almost tied on the stroke of half time by Mie Nakashima, who received the ball just in front of goal but fired agonizingly wide of the target.
Although Japan continued to work hard in the second half it was South Africa who continued to look increasingly likely to add to their tally. Pietee Coetzee cracked a powerful strike over the bar from the top of the circle moments before hitting the back of the net with a wonderful reverse stick shot in the 57th minute. Coetzee is now just two goals behind the existing world record of 220, having scored 218 goals in 223 international matches.
Kim Hubach scored South Africa’s fourth goal of the game when she picked up a penalty corner rebound and flicked into the unguarded Japan goal in the 60th minute. The rout was completed from another penalty corner situation thanks to Dirkie Chamberlain’s tap-in from close range.
South Africa showed some great moments in this game, and the result certainly marks them as a team to be feared at the ESB Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I.
South Africa v Japan 5-1 (2-1)
RSA 1-0 JPN – Shelley RUSSELL 2m FG
RSA 2-0 JPN – Tarryn BRIGHT 10m FG
RSA 2-1 JPN – Rika KOMAZAWA 28m PC
RSA 3-1 JPN – Pietee COETZEE 57m FG
RSA 4-1 JPN – Kim HUBACH 60m PC
RSA 5-1 JPN – Dirkie CHAMBERLAIN 67m PC