(Photo: © FIH / Carlos García C.)

Netherlands and Argentina will play Sunday’s final of the BDO Junior World Cup in Boston, USA after both hockey giants were successful in their semifinal on Friday. Netherlands nailed defending champion Korea 5-0, while Argentina’s goal in extra time against England was enough to reach the final.

In the first BDO Junior World Cup semi-final, the Netherlands and two-time defending tournament champion, Korea played. The beginning of the match started out as expected: a hard fought battle. The Netherlands finally broke through off their first penalty corner (and first of the match) to go up 1-0 courtesy of Caia van Maasakker. In the 34th minute, Kelly Jonker kept up her hot scoring touch in the tournament to put her team up 2-0 over Korea at the half.

The second half the Netherlands put on a showcase. Another drag flicked goal off a penalty corner in the 40th minute by van Maasakker (her 6th tournament goal) put the Netherlands up 3-0. Five minutes later, Willemijn Willemse scored a field goal to give the Netherlands a commanding 4-0 lead over a distraught Korean squad.$

Kitty van Male capped the Netherlands scoring in the 63rd minute. As a result of their stunning 5-0 win over Korea, the Netherlands sailed smoothly into the BDO Junior World Cup championship match.

The second semi-final featured a fierce match-up between dark-horse England and the traditional hockey power of Argentina. The first half of this semi-final was an even tighter battle than the last one.

While England had more possession of the ball, Argentina had more attacking opportunities and a handful of penalty corners to England’s one. Yet neither team was able to score, and the first half ended 0-0. This stalemate between Argentina and England lasted throughout the entire second half and the first extra-time.

While England’s keeper Gemma Ible came up with big saves and staved off Argentina’s penalty corners in two extra-times, Argentina’s Dupuy finally broke the score-less match on a golden field goal in the 84th minute sending Argentina to the BDO Junior World Cup finals against the Netherlands.

Before the two BDO Junior World Cup semi-finals got started, Belarus and Lithuania played for the 15th and 16th spot. Lithuania came out controlling the pace of the game, but it was Belarus who got on the board first on a Krestina Kulinkovich breakaway field goal in the 10th minute.

Four minutes later, Belarus’ Yuliya Mikhenichik put her team up 2-0 off a penalty corner goal. Kulinkovich scored again in the 20th minute to put Belarus up 3-0. Lithuania, however, climbed back in the 24th minute off a Monika Vikaite field goal and again in the 33rd minute by a Jurate Juodyte field goal to make it 3-2 at halftime. Sviatlana Bahushevich beat Lithuania’s keeper in the 58th minute to increase Belarus’ lead. With the 4-2 score, Belarus came away with its first win of the tournament as well as 15th place. Lithuania, playing in its first ever BDO Junior World Cup, finished in 16th place.

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Results BDO Junior World Cup Friday 14 August 2009

Netherlands-Korea 5:0 (2:0)
England-Argentina 0:0 (0:0) Argentina wins after extra time.

Match for 15th position:
Lithuania-Belarus 2:4 (2:3)