Netherlands celebrate their second win, Korea stay in the running for the quarter-finals
Pool A at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach saw Korea book a 9-0 win over Ghana with the Netherlands defeating the US girls 5-1. The Dutch girls are leading the pool, Korea are second, USA third, Ghana fourth.
Korea v Ghana 9-0 (6-0)
The match between Korea and Ghana saw a curious concentration of goals around the beginning and end of each half. It started off with a blitz, as Korea scored three goals in the first five minutes. After every goal, a Korean player picked up the ball to rush back to the center line, seemingly in an attempt to beat the highest score in the tournament.
However, after the initial triple of goals, Korea relented slightly, and Ghana adapted to the higher pace, managing to hold their Asian counterparts for a good while until goals by Cheon Eun Bi and Lee Yuri late in the first half pushed the scoreline up to 5-0. In the last minute, an unfortunate own goal was added, as Ghanaian goalkeeper Joana Adjei touched a long ball into the circle before letting it go it hit the net.
In the second half, a scorefree half hour was bookended by goals from Kim Hyun Ji, Kang Jina and Song Bo Ram for a 9-0 final scoreline. Kim Hyun Ji's gal completed her hattrick for the day, with all three goals stemming from penalty corners.
Throughout the match, Korea were the technically and physically superior team, but Ghana displayed excellent spirit and exceptional resilience, staying in the game until the very end. The Junior World Cup debutantes even managed to create a few good scoring opportunities towards the end of the match that almost yielded their first ever Junior World Cup goal, but it wasn't to be today.
Korea thus booked a convincing win that keeps them in the running for a quarter-final place in pool A, but they have to face the Netherlands in Tuesday's match while direct competitor USA will play Ghana.
Netherlands v USA 5-1 (3-0)
The Netherlands set sails for the quarter-finals at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup after defeating the USA 5-1 in their second pool match. The Dutch girls are leading Pool A having six points after two matches. USA stay on three points being third.
The reigning U21 World Champions started promising with top scorer Lieke van Wijk hammering in a penalty corner after two minutes of play. In the middle of the first half van Wijk doubled the Dutch lead when she converted a penalty stroke which was awarded after an US defender’s foot had touched the ball on the goalline.
The next goal came off a brilliant attack from Samantha Saxton winning possession at the top of the circle and firing the ball into the goal. The match went into halftime with a result of 3-0 in favour of the Netherlands.
The second half saw van Wijk making her third goal in this match. The Dutch defender also extended her lead in the tournament top-scorers list. The 19-year-old has scored eight goals so far. The US girls pulled one back when Tara Vittese deflected the ball into the goal on a penalty corner.
In the last minute of the match, Marloes Keetels scored from another penalty corner making the final result 5-1 in favour of the current title holders.
Voices after the match:
Raoul Ehren, Dutch coach: “I’m happy that we scored five goals. The USA are a very good team. They made it very difficult for us to create our chances. We played USA twice in our preparation, one match was drawn. So the girls were very motivated.”
Steve Jennings, coach USA: “The Netherlands are a pretty good team, they played very well. I was actually happy with a huge part of the game, we played very well for large segments. We just have to learn to be better at some defending moments and being able to score some important goals. Our main objective is to put us in a position in the top half of the draw.”Back