China slip past Ghana in lower half classification
Argentina marched into the semi-finals of the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup, defeating Pan American archrivals USA 2-0 in the second quarter-final. China meanwhile struggled with a Ghanaian team that scored their first goal of the event, but eventually, China came out on top to stay on track for places 9-12.
Argentina v USA 2-0 (1-0)
The first half saw hardly any goal scoring chances until the 34th minute, when Argentina won the first penalty corner of the game. Julia Gomes Fantasia took the drag flick and fired the ball into the net to open the scoring. Earlier, Argentina had failed to score when the US girls were short-handed by two players. Much of the play took place in midfield and both sides struggled to create promising scoring opportunities.
With 22 minutes remaining on the clock the Leoncitas won their second penalty corner; this time Gomes Fantasia’s flick was cleared by US defender Kelsey Harbin. Shortly afterwards, the US girls forced three penalty corners in a row but could not capitalize on any of them. The Leoncitas eventually doubled their lead on 60 minutes thanks to Roberta Werthein securing the 2-0 win.
Voices after the match:
Agustina Metidieri, ARG player: "We will study our next opponents and then we will hope to win to move on to the finals. I don't have a preferred opponent for the semi-finals."
Laura Gebhardt, USA team captain: "It was a hard fought game. I think we played very well, but we did not finish hard enough in the circle. I am satisfied with our team performance, yes and no, because we wanted to win, but I think we played very well. Now we have to keep fighting."
China v Ghana 3-1 (2-1)
In the second match of the 9-16 play-offs, Ghana faced China, and the African team proceeded to put down an excellent start into the encounter, playing well, and soon scoring their first goal of the event through Gloria Darko.
The goal jolted the Chinese awake however, and the Ghanaians' joy was short-lived as Zhang Jinrong sunk the equalizer for China within less than two minutes. Ou Zixia piled on a second goal just before the break for a a 2-1 halftime lead for China.
After the break, only one more goal was scored as Zhang Xindan put away China's third, while the rest of the half was filled with listless banter and ineffective back and forth from both sides without many scenes in front of the goals. China thus took victory, and move into the classification matches for 9th to 12th place, while Ghana join Canada in the 13-16 bracket.Back