USA v ESP Champions Challenge 1 pool B
USA v ESP Champions Challenge 1 pool B
(Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

The USA played a competent game to dispatch Spain's determined but defensively naive young team 3-1, with goals coming from Katie O'Donnell (29'), Michelle Vitesse (47') and Melissa Gonzalez (55'). Spain's sole goal came courtesy of Maria Gomez (62'). After the match, goalscorer Gonzalez put the win down to great team 'togetherness.'

South Africa took an early lead against Ireland, courtesy of Sulette Damon (11') although Ireland had created a similar number of chances in what was a very end-to-end first half. Despite the best endeavours from both sides, the half ended with no further goals.

The second half produced some better finishing, although both coaches will be unhappy with some aspects of their team's defending. Ireland come back into the game through an Anna O'Flanagan (44) strike, but just five minutes later South Africa restored their lead when Dirkie Chamberlain (48') got a touch on a cross from Lilian du Plessis. Audrey O'Flynn (57') scored from a penalty corner to make it 2-2.