|August 4th, 2013|
|44||Placement 5-6||11:00am||ESP - AUS||1 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final|
Spain walked away with a narrow 1-0 win against Australia in the 5th place play-off match at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. Spain have thus reached the top five for the first time in Junior World Cup history.
The Jillaroos entered the pitch with passion and went after a quick goal. They forced three early penalty corners but could not capitalize on any of them. Australia were the dominant side early in the game but failed to put something on the scoreboard. But the Spanish goalkepper Mariona Girabent made outstanding saves against Anna Flanagan and crew, securing that nothing gets past her. However, it were Spain who opened the scoring against the run of play. Their first penalty corner was superbly converted by Cristina Guinea to put her team ahead. The two teams then battled the rest of the first half without scoring.
Australia forced another penalty corner at the beginning of the second half. The flick was taken by the FIH Young Player of the Year, Anna Flanagan, but fantastically saved by goalie Girabent. The Jillaroos kept control of the match with good passing play but simply did not score. The Spanish defence stood firm holding the strikers outside the circle. Like in their quarter-final, which they lost 1-0 to England, Australia dominated play but did not tie the game.
With ten minutes remaining on the clock, a good counter-attack almost led to a second goal for Spain but Carola Salvatella could not beat Audrey Smith in the Australian goal. Shortly after, Marta Bosque forced a penalty stroke for Spain after she was fouled by goalie Smith. The stroke was poorly taken by captain Berta Bonastre and stopped by the goalkeeper. Australia had one last opportunity to equalise when they forced a penalty corner in the last minute of the match but Flanagan’s attempt was blocked.
Voices after the match:
Jorge Donoso Bailon, Coach Spain: "My team has been great in defense because Australia is a great team. Australia attacked all match long, so it was important to score first. This match was very important to us because this is now our best result ever in an Under 21 World Cup, for our country, it is the first time we finish in the fifth position."
Berta Bonastre, Team captain Spain: "Australia is a really good team, we are not as good as Australia, but we were better in defense and we had really good teamwork today, and that is important. We are so happy to finish in fifth place, we are very proud!"
Craig Victory, Coach Australia: "It was a very similar game to the one against England, we pressed very well, and we had a lot of chances and corners, but if you don't score, you don't win games. I am satisfied in a lot of areas, but we certainly came here with much higher expectations. That's the disappointment. The experience is very important for the players, there are some very good players in the team. It was a fantastic tournament, great atmosphere. It is disappointing for not getting a better result, but the tournament was great."
Anna Flanagan, Team captain Australia: "We had many corners and chances, they had just one chance and they got it. Obviously, we are very disappointed, because the girls worked very hard. We came to get into the final, we were devastated when we lost against England. We learnt from this."
|August 04th, 2013 at 3:41 am||The 5th/6th place play-off match at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup sees Spain facing Australia on Pitch 1.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 3:42 am||The umpires for ESP v AUS are Sarah Wilson from Scotland and Annelize Rostron from South Africa.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 4:00 am||The 5th place play-off match ESP v AUS is underway on Pitch 1.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 4:24 am||Although Australia are the dominating side so far, Spain take the lead. @cristina_guinea converted their first PC on 23 minutes.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 4:36 am||Spain hold a narrow 1-0 lead at halftime. Will Australia strike back after the break? It's the 5th place play-off match at|
|August 04th, 2013 at 4:44 am||The second half of ESP v AUS has started on Pitch 1.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 5:05 am||The score at ESP v AUS still stands at 1-0. There are 15 minutes remaining in the 5th/6th classification match at|
|August 04th, 2013 at 5:15 am||Spain force a penalty stroke on 64 minutes after @martabosque was tackled by AUS goalkeeper Audrey Smith.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 5:16 am||Captain Berta Bonastre takes the penalty stroke but she doesn't get the shot away. The score stays at ESP 1 - 0 AUS.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 5:22 am||Full time: Spain walk away with a narrow 1-0 win against Australia. @Sub21femHockey finish 5th at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup.|