|July 28th, 2013|
|11||Pool A||12:30pm||KOR - GHA||9 - 0 (6 - 0)||Final||x 3|
Korea defeat Ghana
Pool A at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach saw Korea book a 9-0 win over Ghana.
Korea v Ghana 9-0 (6-0)
The match between Korea and Ghana saw a curious concentration of goals around the beginning and end of each half. It started off with a blitz, as Korea scored three goals in the first five minutes. After every goal, a Korean player picked up the ball to rush back to the center line, seemingly in an attempt to beat the highest score in the tournament.
However, after the initial triple of goals, Korea relented slightly, and Ghana adapted to the higher pace, managing to hold their Asian counterparts for a good while until goals by Cheon Eun Bi and Lee Yuri late in the first half pushed the scoreline up to 5-0. In the last minute, an unfortunate own goal was added, as Ghanaian goalkeeper Joana Adjei touched a long ball into the circle before letting it go it hit the net.
In the second half, a scorefree half hour was bookended by goals from Kim Hyun Ji, Kang Jina and Song Bo Ram for a 9-0 final scoreline. Kim Hyun Ji's gal completed her hattrick for the day, with all three goals stemming from penalty corners.
Throughout the match, Korea were the technically and physically superior team, but Ghana displayed excellent spirit and exceptional resilience, staying in the game until the very end. The Junior World Cup debutantes even managed to create a few good scoring opportunities towards the end of the match that almost yielded their first ever Junior World Cup goal, but it wasn't to be today.
Korea thus booked a convincing win that keeps them in the running for a quarter-final place in pool A, but they have to face the Netherlands in Tuesday's match while direct competitor USA will play Ghana.
|July 28th, 2013 at 5:29 am||Pool A's 2nd round of matches getS underway with Korea v Ghana. Umpires for the match are Gaby Schmitz (GER) and Sarah Wilson (SCO).|
|July 28th, 2013 at 5:33 am||KOR score in minute 2 through Kim Hyun Ji from a PC and clearly have big plans, rush back to the middle for more. KOR 1, GHA 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 5:34 am||Another two minutes, another goal, Korea are clearly bent on a high score. Cheon Eun Bi scores for KOR 2, GHA 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 5:37 am||Penalty corner, it's three goals in five minutes. Kim Hyun Ji makes it KOR 3, GHA 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 5:57 am||The intensity in the Koreans' play has relented a little, and Ghana have adapted better to the pace.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 5:58 am||Korea pile on another however, it's Cheon Eun Bi with KOR's 4th. KOR 4, GHA 0 with 9mins on the clock in the 1st half.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 6:05 am||On Pitch 2 at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup, it's a PC deflection by Lee Yuri, and it's KOR 5, GHA 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 6:07 am||Unlucky for Ghana! A long ball from the right is touched by goalkeeper Joana Adjei for an own goal. KOR 6, GHA 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 6:08 am||Halftime between Korea and Ghana. It's Korea 6, Ghana 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 6:24 am||The second half has started, Kim Hyun Ji converts another penalty corner. KOR 7, GHA 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 6:55 am||After holding Korea for a big part of the second half, Ghana cave in. Kang Jina scores for KOR 8, GHA 0 with 2mins to go.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 6:59 am||In the dying seconds of the match, Song Bo Ram scores one more, and the final result is KOR 9, GHA 0.|