GBR V AUT ( Round-robin ) Olympic Qualifier Santiago 2008
Match Review GBR - AUT 4-0
Even though the odds were very slim, Austria had mathematically a chance of making the Finals on Sunday. Unfortunately, they immediately found themselves trailing on the scoreboard, after James TINDALL took advantage of some sloppy defending to open the scoring in the 5th minute. Great Britain could even have made a decisive break in the next minute on a penalty-stroke, but Glenn KIRKHAM hit the post.
Great Britain got their second goal anyway soon after by Ashley JACKSON, concluding himself a brilliant individual penetrating run. The Austrian players seemed off their pace in the heat of the afternoon and Great Britain had complete control of the proceedings, although they only scored one more goals before half-time by Richard MANTELL on penalty-corner.
The second half was a fairly impassionate affair. Austria fought harder to contain the British attacks but they had trouble breaking through their defense. Both sides had very few scoring opportunities, and Alistair McGREGOR in the British goal saved brilliantly a couple of Austrian attempts on penalty-corners. Rob MOORE added a goal in the last minute of play, benefiting from a lucky bounce on a defender.
The score ended at 4-0, confirming a spot in the Final for Great Britain with the maximum 15 points for their 5 wins, and in the 3rd-4th place game for Austria.
- Match 13
- Date Sat, 8 Mar 2008
- Time 15:00
- Pool/Class Round-robin