Jillaroos book ticket to 5th place match with win over USA
Argentina are the first team to qualify for Sunday’s final at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. The Leoncitas wrestled down England 3-0 in Friday’s first semi-final. The second semi-final will be played between The Netherlands and India. In a tightly contested match on Pitch 2, Australia had slight advantages and was more effective in the use of the opportunties they had. Securing a 3-1 win over the USA, Australia will now face the winner of the match between South Africa and Spain in the match for 5th place.
Argentina v England 3-0 (1-0)
Due to the hot temperatures here in Mönchengladbach, the game was divided in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each. Argentina began the first quarter with great intensity, leading 1-0 after 13 minutes of play. The opening goal came off a penalty corner with Jemena Cedres deflecting the ball into the net. Argentina dominated ball possession throughout the first quarter but did not break through the English defence again.
Play settled in the midfield for much of the second quarter as both teams seemed to struggle with the heat. The Leoncitas doubled their lead in the third quarter when Cedres fired home another penalty corner. Argentina could have added more goals but failed to score from a series of penalty corners at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter saw England working hard to get on the scoreboard. They forced two early penalty corners but could not capitalize on any of them. With six minutes remaining in the match, the Leoncitas extended their lead to 3-0 when Julia Gomes Fantasia’s penalty corner flick found the net.
Voices after the match:
Florencia Habif, team captain Argentina: “I’m very happy. The team made a big effort and we are satisfied. Thanks to all parents and friends who came to support us, this is very motivating.”
Shona McCallin, team captain England: “We probably would not have expected to finish in the top four. We have a young team, a great team of fighters and a great team spirit.”
USA v Australia 1-4 (0-1)
The sun was still out for the second match of the day, and the unrelenting heat affected the game's pace and the number of unforced errors, with both teams not quite able to produce their A game for long stretches of time.
In the first half, there were slight advantages for the Jillaroos, but play went back and forth with few scenes in the circles. Emily Smith put Australia on the scoreboard halfway through the first half, but the match remained open. Shortly before the break, Anna Flanagan had a prime opportunity to double the lead with a penalty stroke but her low flick crashed into the post.
The first 15 minutes of the second half were much like the first, but the action increased from there, as Nina Khoury sank a penalty corner rebound for Australia's second goal, only to find the USA respond minutes later through Tara Vittese, making the best possible use of their advantage in numbers after a yellow card for Jillaroo Jade Warrender.
Little later, the USA took their goalkeeper off the field to try their luck with eleven field players but faced a penalty corner shortly after which resulted in a penalty stroke. Murphy Allendorf took advantage of the opportunity to increase Australia's lead to two goals, and the US goalkeeper was back for the rest of the match.
A penalty corner after the end of the seventy minutes allowed Anna Flanagan to drive the score up to 4-1, and Australia have thus booked their place in Sunday's match for 5th place, where they will face the winner of the match between South Africa and Spain, while USA play the other team for 7th place.
Voices after the match:
Anna Flanagan, Player Australia: "I think we pressed really hard, we wanted to come out and win the game, and we were still isappointed because of the match yesterday. I think we are pretty happy to have gotten the job done. My experience of the tournament is probably the match against England, it was pretty disappointing but the feeling of disappointment makes me feel really motivated to keep trying and to keep getting better. This is what I really take home to motivate me during training back in Australia."Back