|June 19th, 2013|
|13||Quarterfinal||12:30pm||BEL - IRL||6 - 3 (2 - 1)||Final||x 32|
Belgium – Ireland 6-3 (2-1 halftime)
Belgium became the first men’s team at the Rabobank Hockey World League tournament to qualify for the semi-final game after they out-powered Ireland in a goal-filled 6-3 victory.
Belgium out-played Ireland in the first half but only took away a slim one-goal lead at the break. The scoring started with two Dutch goals coming less than a minute apart Loick Luypaert scored on a drag flick penalty corner and Thomas Briels followed up with a field goal on the ensuing trip downfield.
The Irish had luck on their side when they were able to cut the lead in half at the break when Chris Cargo scored in the last minute on a penalty corner play that left the Belgians with little to show for their strong first-half performance.
It was Belgium’s turn to be lucky as they climbed ahead 3-1 five minutes into the second half when a ball that was fired into the D bounced off Irish captain Ronan Gormley for the own goal. But the Irish quickly recovered from the shock, scoring their second penalty corner goal of the game when John Jackson fired in a top-shelf shot.
After the initial flurry, the goals started rolling in on both sides. With three goals coming in a seven-minute span. Belgium emerged from the offensive showdown on top with a 6-3 lead thanks to goals from Sebastien Dockier and Tom Boon. Boon’s goal was one of the best of the tournament as his sprawling dive on a breakawaywas just enough for him to get his stick on the ball for the marker.
Belgium will face the winner of the New Zealand vs. Spain game in Friday’s semi-final game. Meanwhile, Ireland will look to finish as high as possible to try to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Their next test in that quest is the loser of the New Zealand vs. Spain.
|June 19th, 2013 at 5:37 am||Morning from drizzly Rotterdam -- it's Quarterfinal Wednesday for the men -- first up is Belgium vs. Ireland - it starts now!|
|June 19th, 2013 at 5:38 am||Don't forget you can follow all the action live for FREE on the FIH You Tube page. Also go to FIH.ch to see highlights after the game!|
|June 19th, 2013 at 5:45 am||Belgium takes the 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game when Lyupaert scores on a drag flick.|
|June 19th, 2013 at 5:46 am||One minute later Briels doubles the lead for Belgium when he pushes the ball past the Irish keeper|
|June 19th, 2013 at 6:09 am||Five minutes to go and Belgium still holds a 2-0 lead against Ireland|
|June 19th, 2013 at 6:13 am||Ireland gets on the board in the last minute of the first half when Chris Cargo cuts the lead to 2-1.|
|June 19th, 2013 at 6:28 am||An own goal for Ireland, but Dekeyser was the man that was closest to the action for the Belgians, who own a 3-1 lead|
|June 19th, 2013 at 6:29 am||Jackson quickly counters for Ireland with a beautiful penalty corner goal. Ireland back to with one (3-2)|
|June 19th, 2013 at 6:38 am||Belgium extends the lead to 4-2 with 20 minutes left in the game. Irish will have to turn it up fast to close the gap|
|June 19th, 2013 at 6:42 am||Boon with an amazing diving effort on a breakaway give the Belgians a very strong 5-2 lead with 16 to go in the game|
|June 19th, 2013 at 6:45 am||Gleghorne gives the Irish a glimmer of hope, scoring the 5-3 goal with 13 left in the game -- it's definitely not a defensive game!|
|June 19th, 2013 at 6:47 am||Just as one goal is tweeted, another one is scored. Belgium with the 6-3 goal. Dockier with the pc goal.|
|June 19th, 2013 at 7:00 am||Belgium is through to the semi-finals with a 6-3 win over Ireland. Belgium will meet the winner of the NZL v. ESP game|