|September 30th, 2012|
|8||Pool B||6:00pm||USA - RSA||4 - 2 (1 - 2)||Final|
A superb second half performance saw USA come from a goal down to record a healthy win and gain some revenge over South Africa who knocked seven past them in the Olympic Games. It means that, barring a big turnaround in fortunes, the Africans looked destined for fourth place in the group and a likely quarter-final date with Australia.
Things had looked rosy at the interval for South Africa as a brilliant Nicolene Terblanche run and reverse cancelled out Katie O’Donnell’s opening goal. And they were ahead when Izelle Lategan picked up Sulette Damons’ lay-off and fired through a forest of legs for 2-1.
But the US were supremely motivated in the second half and – despite being reduced to nine players for two sin-bin offences – levelled through Shannon Taylor as she nudged over the line from close range. O’Donnell nabbed her second with a beautifully guided touch to wrong-foot Vuyisanani Mangisa from Katelyn Falgowski’s corner hit. Torrie Albini confirmed the result two minutes from the end when she thundered home a penalty corner.
|September 30th, 2012 at 12:07 pm||South Africa and USA have just pushed off here in Dublin; umpires are Carol Metchette (IRL) and Michelle Meister (GER)|
|September 30th, 2012 at 12:14 pm||Dawson's drag-flicks makes it into the goal but it clipped a foot to cut the celebration music short, USA 0 RSA 0|
|September 30th, 2012 at 12:26 pm||GOAL - USA 1 (O'Donnell) RSA 0, 21min, O'Donnell finishes off from Pfeiffer as RSA down to 10 due to Damons' green card|
|September 30th, 2012 at 12:29 pm||GOAL RSA 1 (Terblanche) USA 1, 24mins, amazing goal! from right back she cuts in and unleashes a brilliant reverse|
|September 30th, 2012 at 12:39 pm||South Africa now in front as Damons lays off a great pass to Lategan who fires a deflected shot home, USA 1 RSA 2, 34min|
|September 30th, 2012 at 12:41 pm||Half-time: USA 1 (O'Donnell) RSA 2 (Terblanche, Lategan) - South Africa coming from a goal down to lead|
|September 30th, 2012 at 1:07 pm||Very tight second half so far, both sides enduring sin-binnings as both sides getting frustrated, USA 1 RSA 2, 53mins|
|September 30th, 2012 at 1:10 pm||Taylor nudges home from close range to equalise at 2-2 despite USA being down to nine players!! USA 2 RSA 2, 54mins|
|September 30th, 2012 at 1:16 pm||Now USA lead, O'Donnell getting a great touch to Falgowski's shot from a miscued penalty corner, USA 3 RSA 2, 60mins|
|September 30th, 2012 at 1:24 pm||Albini absolutely smashes homes a fourth goal from a penalty corner, USA 4 RSA 2, 68mins|
|September 30th, 2012 at 1:26 pm||Final score: USA 4 South Africa 2, could be a crucial result in the tournament shake-up|