GBR V IRL ( ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015
The first match of Day 3 at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp saw world number 14 Ireland fight back from a two goal deficit to claim a deserved draw against higher-ranked Great Britain.
Fifth ranked GB burst out of the blocks and quickly established a 2-0 lead thanks to team captain Barry Middleton and a sensational diving deflection from Chris Griffiths before Ireland’s John Jackson rattled the frame of George Pinner’s goal with a fierce penalty corner effort.
It proved to be a warning of things to come, as the Green Machine began an impressive fightback when Kyle Good and John Jackson netted goals either side of half time to restore parity.
Ireland - winners of the Hockey World League Round 2 competition in San Diego - were arguably the better team for the remainder of the game, and could easily have won it were it not for a crucial Pinner save, guiding a goal-bound effort onto the post before the danger was cleared.It was enough to ensure that the spoils were shared.
“There is no team in this tournament that we are not coming out to try and get the full win out of, and it is a good start for us”, said Ireland’s number 10 Alan Sothern after the match.“GB are a top class side so it's great to get some points on the board ahead of back to back games against Asian opposition, which will be an entirely different challenge.”
Great Britain goalkeeper George Pinner said: “It was pretty frustrating really, as we played well early on but drifted away from the game plan. Ireland are a better team than their ranking shows. We let them get back into the game, and full credit to them as they played well and took advantage.”
- Match 06
- Date Tue, 23 Jun 2015
- Time 12:00
- Venue KHC Dragons