Electric Ireland FIH Road to London Day Two action
Electric Ireland FIH Road to London Day Two action
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Korea 6, Chile 1

Korea overcame a lethargic start, but ultimately cruised to a 6-1 win against Chile. The win set up a battle of the unbeatens on Tuesday as Ireland and Korea will face-off in a critical game in the round robin phase of the Electric Ireland FIH Road to London tournament in Dublin.

It took Korea more than 30 minutes to find the back of the net. Hyun Woo Nam scored on the glove side to wake his team up. Korea doubled its lead with 30 seconds left in the first half on a penalty corner from Nam Yong Lee.

Sung Hoon Yoon put in the critical 3-0 goal to open the second half scoring. He picked up a rebound on a penalty corner and tipped it in. Jon Bok Cha scored in the 54th minute from an odd angle to give Korea a solid four-goal pad. Moon Kweon Kang kept the team effort going for Korea as the fifth player to score. He followed up less than a minute later to give Korea a comfortable 6-0 advantage.

Chile netted a moral victory quickly after Kang’s second goal when Jan Richter scored Chile’s only goal of the game, sending up a big roar from the crowd, which was clearly enamored by the underdogs. The goal did little to help Chile’s bid to get its first win of the tournament as they fell 6-1.

The player of the game was Dae Keun Oh from Korea.

Ireland 12, Ukraine 0

Host Ireland showed it is a contender for the berth to the London Games after manhandling Ukraine in a 12-0 decision today in Dublin.

Timothy Cochrain netted a hat trick and Eugene Magee, Michael Watt and Michael Darling each struck twice in the decisive victory. It took nearly 15 minutes for Ireland to get on the board, but after Cochrain put in the first goal, it opened the flood gates.

The Irish held a humble, if not solid 5-0 lead at the half, but erupted in the second half with another seven markers. The Irish didn’t let up as the minutes ticked by and Ukraine was simply out-worked and worn down in the last 20 minutes.

It was Ireland’s second biggest win in the history of its men’s national team – the largest win came in a 13-0 affair against Malta in 2002.

The Ukraine is still winless and has ceded 20 goals in two games. They have tomorrow off to regroup before taking on Malaysia on Tuesday. Ireland has a key game after the rest day against Korea on Tuesday.

Malaysia 6, Russia 2

Russia put up a good fight, but in the end the strong short corners of Malaysia were too tough to overcome as the Malaysians earned their second victory at the Electric Ireland FIH Road to London tournament in Dublin with a 6-2 victory.

Muhamad Amin Rahim unlocked the mystery to beating the Russians as he put in three goal beating Russian goaltender twice on a penalty corner and once on a penalty stroke. All three goals beat the Russian on the high glove side.

Russia netted it’s only offense on quick pair of goals from Pavel Golubev coming less than a minute apart in the 18th minute. The first goal was thanks to a show of skills from the crafty forward and the follow up was thanks to a lapse in the Malaysian defense that committed a massive turnover mistake creating the 2-0 chance.,

Rahim countered with his first penalty corner goal, but it was still a tight 2-1 game at the break.

Rahim struck again with a near photocopy short corner goal two minutes into the second half to put the teams back on equal footing. Seven minutes later Malaysia took its first lead of the game when Gafarov was beat yet again on the high on the penalty corner, this time Faizal Saari did the honors.

Malaysia didn’t mess with the formula that worked and put in yet another penalty corner to open up the 4-2 lead. From there the Asian nation rolled, Rahim scored on a penalty stroke with 16 minutes left in the game, but for Russia it was clear that any hope of a first victory at this tournament was still well out of reach.

The player of the game was Malaysia’s #23 Jalil Abdul Tengku.