IRL V PAK ( 5th - 8th ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015

IRL
1 - 0
PAK

Match Review IRL - PAK 1-0

IRL V PAK HighlightsPosted July 3, 2015

"This is a dark day for Pakistan," said Rashid Mehmood as he left the pitch following his team's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ireland. The result means Pakkistan have failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in their illustrious hockey history.

It was opposite emotions for Ireland's goalkeeper Davey Harte as he reflected upon a game that saw his side soak up pressure for most of the game, before a penalty corner gave them the all-important breakthrough goal.

"We knew that it would be that way. Pakistan is a seriously good team, with a higher ranking (10) to Ireland (14). We knew they would come at us, so we were prepared to defend for long periods."

The goal came in the 46th minute when Stephen Dowd won a penalty corner. Alan Sothern stepped up and his shot went like a rocket down the centre of the goal and past Pakistan 'keeper Imran Butt.

"We played well and created chances, but we just couldn't score," added Mehmood. These chances included a first quarter attempt that fell to Muhammad Dilber. The forward was unlucky not to see his brave diving deflection sneak past Harte - the tall 'keeper reacting swiftly to steer the ball past the post.

The second quarter saw Pakistan upping the pressure on their European rivals, but a tame effort from Muhammad Umar Bhutta was padded away almost disdainfully by Harte. The Green Shirts kept the ball pinging around Harte's circle but a staunch Irish defence continued to soak up the pressure.

Irish hearts were in their mouths when Pakistan called for a video referral in the last five minutes. Their penalty corner request was turned down and Ireland took the game to the other end of the pitch.

Pakistan removed their 'keeper Imran Butt in a last-rich effort to equal the match, but time was against them, as Eugene Magee kept a cool head and held possession as the clock ticked down. The final 100 seconds were played around the Irish circle but somehow, the Green Machine held the Green Shirts at bay and their Olympic dream remains alive.

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
IRL 46 10 SOTHERN Alan PC 1 - 0

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
PAK 37 17 YAQOOB Muhammad G

IRL

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
1 HARTE David
X
3 JACKSON John
X
4 BELL Jonathan
X
6 GORMLEY Ronan
5
7 WATT Michael
6
8 CARGO Chris
X
10 SOTHERN Alan 1
X
11 DOWDS Stephen
X
12 MAGEE Eugene
6
13 CARUTH Peter
8
15 SHIMMINS Kirk
X
16 O'DONOGHUE Shane
7
19 CARLISLE Drew
X
20 DARLING Michael
Bench
23 FITZGERALD David
X
24 GOOD Kyle
X
26 GLEGHORNE Paul
Bench
27 HARTE Conor
  Team Manager BARRY Stephen
  Head Coach FULTON Craig
  Assistant Coach CAREN Jonathan
  Stand-In Manager JACKSON Peter
  Physiotherapist HASLAM Stephen
  Medical Doctor JACKSON Jennifer

PAK

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
1 BUTT Imran
X
2 IRFAN Muhammad
X
3 IMRAN Muhammad
9
4 BUTT Ammad Shakeel
X
5 TOSEEQ Muhammad
X
7 WAQAS Muhammad
X
8 BHUTTA Muhammad Umar
X
9 MEHMOOD Rashid
X
10 RASOOL Shafqat
X
11 SHAN Ali
Bench
12 ABBAS Mazhar
9
13 SHAH Syed
X
14 RIZWAN JR. Muhammad
7
15 RIZWAN SR. Muhammad
9
16 AHMED Fareed
6
17 YAQOOB Muhammad 1
X
19 DILBER Muhammad
7
21 ALI Muhammad
  Medical Doctor ABBAS Asad (Dr.)
  Video Technician UMRAO Syead Abuzar
  Head Coach SHAHNAZ Sheikh
  Team Manager KALEEM Muhammad Danish

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 STAGNO Nathan
Umpire 2 PRASAD Raghu
Reserve Umpire LIZANA Eduardo
Video Umpire van BUNGE Coen
Judge 1 McKAY Iain
Judge 2 RAMPONE Guendalina
Technical Officer DECKENBROCK Christian
  • Match 26
  • Date Fri, 3 Jul 2015
  • Time 13:00
  • Pool/Class 5th - 8th
  • Venue KHC Dragons

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