|October 6th, 2012|
|20||Semi-Final||5:30pm||IRL - USA||1 - 2 (1 - 0)||Final|
Lauren Pfeiffer finally put her side’s penalty corner mishaps behind the US as she dragged home the winning goal with 11 minutes to go, breaking Irish hopes of reaching the Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I final on home turf. It came from the tenth corner the US had earned and helped them come from a goal down at half-time against the Irish for the second time in four days.
Lisa Jacob had given the Irish a dream start when she slid onto Michelle Harvey’s disguised corner push in the third minute off the back of Anna O’Flanagan’s good work. From there, the US fought back with gusto as the triangle of Katie O’Donnell, Pfeiffer and Shannon Taylor created plenty of chances that their corner team could not finish off. They did gain parity early in the second half as Katelyn Falgowski found Pfeiffer racing clear down the left wing. She picked out the on-rushing O’Donnell who slid in for a simple finish.
Ireland lived on the counter and showed flashes of danger but the US had the clearer chances and eventually moved ahead with a neat move to the left and Pfeiffer picked out the opposite corner. Alex Speers had a fleeting view of goal but Jackie Kintzer smothered five minutes from time to leave Ireland fighting with Scotland for third place while USA contest Sunday’s final against Australia.
|October 06th, 2012 at 11:32 am||Rousing rendition of Ireland's Call greets the second semi-final as the hosts take on USA for a date with Australia|
|October 06th, 2012 at 11:33 am||Umpires for IRL vs USA are Mariana Reydo (ARG) and Michelle Meister (GER)|
|October 06th, 2012 at 11:38 am||The second semi-final just started between Ireland and USA....who will join the Hockeyroos in the CC1 final?|
|October 06th, 2012 at 11:39 am||GOAL ! Ireland 1 (Jacob) USA 0, 3mins, O'Flanagan wins a corner which O'Flynn puts to the right post for a sliding Jacob|
|October 06th, 2012 at 11:53 am||USA have bounced back quite well, winning three corners without conversion, IRL 1 USA 0, 18mins|
|October 06th, 2012 at 12:00 pm||Ireland still with their noses in front but USA have had 5pc and eight shots on target as they look to bounce back, 25mn|
|October 06th, 2012 at 12:11 pm||O'Donnell forces yet another pair of saves from Gray, keeping it at IRL 1 USA 0 at half-time|
|October 06th, 2012 at 12:24 pm||GOAL USA 1 (O'Donnell) IRL 1, 37mins, great move as Falgowski picks out Pfeiffer who crosses for O'Donnell to tip in|
|October 06th, 2012 at 12:39 pm||End to end stuff as USA raise their tally to eight pc but can't beat Emma Gray, IRL 1 USA 1, 51mins|
|October 06th, 2012 at 12:48 pm||GOAL USA 2 (Pfeiffer) IRL 1, 59mins, pc10 finally leads to a goal, Pfeiffer planting a low flick into the corner|
|October 06th, 2012 at 1:00 pm||Final score: Ireland 1 (Jacob) USA 2 (O'Donnell, Pfeiffer)|