|October 4th, 2012|
|13||Quarterfinal||3:30pm||AUS - RSA||2 - 1 (1 - 1)||Final|
Emily Smith struck just four minutes from time to break South Africa hearts, ending their staunch resistance as tournament favourites Australia advanced to a semi-final date with Scotland. The sides had been locked at 1-1 for almost the entire second half as the Hockeyroos dominated the play but could not find a way through a defence marshaled by Lisa-Marie Deetlefs and Vuyisanani Mangisa.
That was until Anna Flanagan’s drag-flick was half-stopped and the defensive clearance only made it as far as Smith on the right post and she duly potted the winner. Early on, Flanagan’s corner prowess put the Aussies 1-0 up in the 12th minute, finding the top corner with an excellent drag, her third goal of the competition. But South Africa responded well, enjoying the better chances of the second quarter and they were on terms when Izelle Lategan picked out Sulette Damons who powerfully made it 1-1 in the 20th minute.
She went close to making it a half-time lead, too, when Nicolene Terblanche threaded a fine pass into the speedster’s path but Damons blazed wide with her driven shot when a little more finesse might yielded greater dividends. Australia, though, bossed the second period with Smith’s bouncing effort squirting just wide while Mangisa pulled off a number of good saves. But they could not see it through to full-time and Australia overcame a big hurdle in their tournament progression.
|October 04th, 2012 at 9:37 am||And we're underway in a huge quarter-final tussle, Australia playing South Africa for a date with Scotland|
|October 04th, 2012 at 9:38 am||Umpires for this one are Valentina Tomasi (ITA) and Maggie Giddens (USA)|
|October 04th, 2012 at 9:48 am||Anna Flanagan whips home a high drag flick to make it AUS 1 RSA 0 in the 12th minute|
|October 04th, 2012 at 9:56 am||Damons ties the game up as she finishes off after good work by Lategan, AUS 1 RSA 1, 20mins|
|October 04th, 2012 at 10:10 am||Damons with a huge chance to out SA ahead, she puts it wide from Terblanche's great pass, AUS 1 RSA 1, 34mins|
|October 04th, 2012 at 10:24 am||Australia start the second half in the ascendancy, Blyth within inches of getting back the lead, AUS 1 RSA 1, 38mins|
|October 04th, 2012 at 10:40 am||Smith goes agonisingly close as a bouncing ball squirts just wide of goal as the rain lashes down, AUS 1 RSA 1, 53mins|
|October 04th, 2012 at 10:50 am||Australia continuing to have the better of chances but South Africa holding on at the back, AUS 1 RSA 1, 63mins|
|October 04th, 2012 at 10:54 am||Smith pops up for a pc rebound after South Africa appeared to have cleared the danger, AUS 2 RSA 1, 66mins|
|October 04th, 2012 at 10:55 am||After such strong defence, the loose clearance to the striker could cost RSA a semi-final berth, AUS 2 RSA 1, 68mins|
|October 04th, 2012 at 10:58 am||Final score: Australia 2 (Flanagan, Smith) South Africa 1 (Damons)|
|October 04th, 2012 at 11:00 am||Australia will now face Scotland in Saturday's semi-final; South Africa meet India in the 5th-8th playoff|