|June 13th, 2013|
|1||Pool B||3:30pm||IND - IRL||4 - 4 (1 - 2)||Final||x 25|
India – Ireland 4-4 (1-2 halftime)
Only four World Ranking points separate India (11th) and Ireland (15th) and it was clear in today’s men’s Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final opener that the teams were very much equal as they played to a hard-fought 4-4 draw. The second half turned into a wild west shootout as the teams matched each other blow for blow in the entertaining match.
A Singh opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a great shot from the top of the D, but it was quickly answered by an even more spectacular goal when Ala Sothern dribbled the ball to-and-fro in the circle and put on a series of moves that led to a stunning 1-1 equalizer.
Ireland’s Paul Gelghorne scored the go-ahead goal before the halftime hooter to give the Irish the small 2-1 advantage at the break. India mounted its comeback in the second sparked by R.P. Singh fired in a hard short corner shot to even the game at 2. S. Singh followed-up with the 3-2 goal with a point blank tip in to give the Indians the lead.
But Ireland was not finished. With 12 minutes left in regulation, Conor Harte put in Ireland’s first short corner of the game to tie things for the third time. Andrew McConnell put in the 4-3 goal for the Irish with 6:30 left in regulation on a breakaway play. Unfortunately for India, goaltender Sreejesh was badly shaken up on the play and had to leave the field on a stretcher.
But with all the cards on the table, India came storming back, yet again. This time with a penalty corner goal from R.P. Singh with 4:27 left in regulation. The goal would be the last offense that either of the two exhausted teams could muster as they both left with a point apiece for their efforts.
|June 13th, 2013 at 9:26 am||The second half is underway as the wind and light rain starts to make things a bit tricky for the two teams|
|June 13th, 2013 at 9:29 am||R.P. Singh fires home a short corner and puts the game back into a deadlock with each team sitting on two.|
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