Today’s play to decide the bottom six placings at the Rabo Hockey Junior World Cup featured teams jostling for minor rewards at the end of a long tournament.
The matches and the teams participating were an accurate reflection of their standing in the tournament, with no change to the expecting finishing order of the competitors.
At day's end, 299 goals had been scored in the 58 matches played during the tournament so far. This equates to an average of 5.15 goals per match for the duration of the event.
In the playoff matches today, England claimed ninth place when Ashley Jackson latched onto the end of a sweeping movement to score a golden goal and defeat Malaysia 3-2.
Neither team could gain a match-winning advantage over the other throughout the match and predictably the clash went into extra time.
Malaysia opened the scoring in the first half but England controlled the second period of play and eventually took a 2-1 lead 13 minutes before full time with Adam Dixon’s low penalty corner conversion.
England’s defence was caught out in the final 10 minutes and conceded a penalty corner to give Malaysia the chance to equalise and send the match into extra time.
Jackson settled the matter quickly in extra time to provide a good individual reward for England most promising forward.
Belgium edged Egypt to take 11th place with a pair of goals to Jerome Truyens either side of half time and another to Maxime Tys in the 49th minute securing a 3-0 win.
Egypt were again enthusiastic but couldn’t match Belgium’s ability to convert their chances in a match that failed to find its rhythm.
In the playoff for 13th place, South Africa jumped Poland and sped to a 3-0 lead after 14 minutes. Poland were never able to recover from the early South African onslaught and conceded another goal five minutes before half time to end their chances of overhauling the deficit.
Another goal midway through the half extended the score to 5-0 before Poland grabbed three late goals to close the gap.
South Africa could have achieved a higher result in the tournament had one of their three close matches in the first Pool phase given better reward for their effort. They had to settle for classification in the bottom four but cruised their way through Pool G to win four matches in succession to end the tournament on a positive note.
Chile recorded their second win over Mexico for the week, this time 3-1, to finish 15th and hand their opponents bottom place and a winless tournament.
Chile got off to a good start through Sebastian Kapsch in the seventh minute before Thomas Kannegiesser scored just before the break for Chile to lead 2-0.
Chile extended their lead early in the second half and held their three-goal margin until Mexico grabbed a consolation goal late in the match through Roberto Garcia.
Tomorrow’s matches begin at 10:00 with the final between Argentina and Australia at 15:00.
9th Place Playoff
England 3 defeated Malaysia 2 (extra time)
Goals: ENG – Andrew Watts FG 40m, Adam Dixon PC 57m, Ashley Jackson FG 72m; MAS - Tajuddin T. Ahmad FG 23m, Kevinder Singh PC 62m
11th Place Playoff
Belgium 3 defeated Egypt 0
Goals: BEL – Jerome Truyens PC 23m FG 44m, Maxime Tys FG 49m
13th Place Playoff
South Africa 5 defeated Poland 3
Goals: RSA – Pierre-Gerard Geldenhuys PC 10m, Leroy Phillips FG 12m, Matthew McConkey FG 14m, Lungile Tsolekile FG 30m FG 47m; POL – Piotr Rozek PC 52m, David Plewa FG 64m, Rafal Szrejter FG 67m
15th Place Playoff
Chile 3 defeated Mexico 1
Goals: CHI – Sebastian Kapsch FG 7m, Thomas Kannegiesser FG 33m, Alexis Berczely FG 44m; MEX – Roberto Garcia FG 62m
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