Green Machine Secure Place In Semi Final

  • Mar 16,2017


Hockey World League Round 2 quarter-final

Ireland 5 (J McKee 2, S O’Donoghue 2, E Magee)

Poland 1 (P Bulka)


Ireland’s young side produced their performance of the week in a pressure-filled tie against Poland, winning 5-1 to advance to the semi-final and a step away from a ticket to the World League semi-finals where the World Cup tickets will be decided.

They started superbly, winning a penalty corner in the first 15 seconds while Eugene Magee also had a smash at ball unfortunately blocked by team mate Jonny McKee.

From there, they moved the ball, creating a number of good attacks but the last pass just would not stick. Poland had a corner, too, but it was kept at bay with minimal fuss.

The second quarter, though, was where the game was won. Ireland employed a high-lying sweeper to good effect and it played a key role in the first two goals. Matthew Bell stepped forward to pick up the pieces and shoot across the face of goal in the 19th minute for McKee to guide home.

Moments later, it was 2-0 as Conor Harte this time strode forward and picked out Eugene Magee at the right post to turn home. Another feature was an aggressive press with Neal Glassey and Shane O’Donoghue preying on any loose ball.


The latter nicked in to set up the move that won Ireland’s second corner. O’Donoghue flung in the drag-flick for 3-0 at half-time. He added the fourth soon after half-time, this time from Glassey’s good work and the Green Machine were all but home and hosed.

Poland did rally, their tournament hopes on the line, and pushed on in the final ten minutes. Pawel Bratkowksi clipped the crossbar from a corner before Patryk Bulka nudged in a close-range shot from a scrappy melee.


Ireland, though, capped the win with a glorious fifth goal, breaking forward from half-way with a series of intricate one-touch passes, leading to Sean Murray to chip over the goalkeeper Rafal Banaszak. It was going in but McKee made extra sure.


Coach Craig Fulton said afterwards: “In a must-win game, there will always be tension. These are difficult games; it’s a quarter-final and must-win.

“Whether you play beautifully or its pretty, it doesn’t matter. The result is everything.”

Reflecting on the flow of the game, he added: “We did well in the first quarter but couldn’t put a final pass on it. They are a difficult team to play against and Mateusz Poltaszewski is a good player and controlled things for a while.


“But once we got one, two and three that put them under a lot of pressure. We pressed well. The stepping forward from us was really good. All respect to Poland, we maybe left three or four more goals out there. Where we are getting the ball are really good areas. It is building.”

Ireland next play Wales on Saturday afternoon in the competition’s semi-final at 2.30pm at Stormont. The winner advances to the final and is guaranteed a ticket to the next phase of the World League.


France and Scotland will contest the other semi-final.


Ireland: D Harte, J Bell, M Bell, R Gormley, M Nelson, E Magee, N Glassey, S O’Donoghue, J McKee, P Gleghorne, C Harte

Subs: B Walker, C Cargo, S Murray, J Duncan, L Cole, J Wright, J Carr

Poland: R Banaszak, M Raciniewski, M Gumny, D Kotulski, S Sellner, M Hulboj, J Janicki, R Wisniewski, A Krokosz, P Bratkowski, M Poltaszewski

Subs: P Bulka, B Zywiczka, R Gruszczynski, P Pawlak, J Kurowski, K Sudol, M Popiolkowskia

Umpires: V Ilgrande, I Diamond


Hockey World League

Quarter-final one:


France 11 (E Tynevez 2, B Rogeau 2, C Masson 2, P van Straaten, J-L Kieffer, T Genestet, V Lockwood, G Deront)

Ukraine 2 (A Koshelenko, A Mazurkevych)


France moved a step closer to qualification for World League Round 2 as they blew apart Ukraine in the first quarter at Stormont to advance to the semi-finals and within one win of advancing.

It took them nine minutes to get up and running as Etienne Tynevez – their Under-18 captain of 2016 – slipping his marker and shooting home. Tom Genestet’s reverse-stick effort made it 2-0 and Charles Masson shot high into the net for a 3-0 lead at quarter-time.

Blaise Rogeau and Simon Martin-Brisac extended the lead out to five by the big break. Pieter van Straaten and Masson’s second put them seven up. From there, there was respite for Ukraine who got one back from Andrii Koshelenko’s second penalty stroke of the tournament.

Jean-Laurent Kieffer and Viktor Lockwood made it 9-1; Artur Mazurkevych scored a Ukraine corner but Rogeau and Tynevez nabbed their second each to extend the lead out to 11-2. France advance to Saturday's semi-finals where a win will see them guaranteed a ticket to the World League semi-final while Ukraine go into the fifth to eighth place playoffs.


Credit: PressEye



Quarter-final two:


Wales 3 (G Furlong 2, R Shipperley)

Italy 0

Gareth Furlong’s pair of set piece goals in the first half set Wales on course for a composed victory over Italy and get them in the mix for the tickets to the World League Round 3.

After a couple of early corners, Furlong dragged his side into the lead in the 15th minute with a low blast for 1-0. He added a stroke midway through the second quarter for 2-0 and, for the most part, were very much in control.

And the third goal killed off any chance the Italians had. James Kyriakides made a brilliant run, drifting away from the cover defence from left to right before shooting back into the centre. Rupert Shipperley was on hand to guide it in from close range.

Italy attempted to push forward in the closing quarter but could not create any major chances and Wales saw out the tie with comfort.


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Quarter-final three:


Austria 5 (D Uher 3, A Bele, B Stanzl)

Scotland 5 (A Forsyth 3, L Morton, E Greaves), Scotland win 4-2 on shoot-out


Scotland became the third side to reach the semi-finals of World League Round 2 as they produced a flawless shoot-out to beat Austria after a titanic tussle in normal time ended 5-5.

Alan Forsyth and Dominic Uher exchanged hat tricks in a game that was level on five occasions as both sides went hell for leather for the win. Alexander Bele set the tone in just the second minute to give Austria the lead only for Forsyth to level the tie in the ninth minute.

An Uher drag-flick made it 2-1 at quarter-time but a Forsyth stroke had the game locked up at 2-2 at the big break. Another Uher drag restored the Austrian lead with Ed Greaves, this time, the man to tie the match up once more.

Benjamin Stanzl gave Austria the lead for the fourth time with a brilliant solo goal when he got in around the back and swept around Tommy Alexander. He and Forsyth were the game’s dominant forces with both taking on more and more of the ball.

Forsyth added a brilliant run and backhand finish for 4-4. Scotland then took the lead with 100 seconds to go when Lee Morton guided in Willie Marshall’s crash ball into the circle. But Stanzl won two more corners and, from the second of them, Uher found the net with 40 seconds left to send the game to shoot-out.

Scotland netted all four of theirs with Forsyth, Jamie Wong, Lee Morton and Gavin Byers all netting while David Forrester – swapping into goal for Alexander – denied to two Austrian efforts for the win.


Credit: PressEye



Date

Match #

Time

Pool

Match

Match Report
Saturday 11 March

1

10:30

B

France
3v1
Scotland
France vs Scotland .pdf

2

12:45

B

Poland
1v3
Wales
Wales vs Poland .pdf

3

15:00

A

Ireland
9v2
Ukraine
Ireland vs Ukraine .pdf

4

17:15

A

Austria
4v3 Penalty Shootout
Italy
Austria vs Italy .pdf








Sunday 12 March

5

10:30

B

Poland
1v3
France
France vs Poland .pdf

6

12:45

B

Scotland
2v4 Penalty Shootout
Wales
Wales vs Scotland .pdf

7

15:00

A

Austria
2v4 Penalty Shootout
Ireland
Ireland vs Austria .pdf

8

17:15

A

Ukraine
2v6
Italy
Italy vs Ukraine .pdf








Monday 13 March



Rest Day










Tuesday 14 March

9

10:00

B

Scotland
2v1
Poland
Scotland vs Poland .pdf

10

12:15

B

France
1v0
Wales
France vs Wales.pdf

11

14:30

A

Ireland
1v0
Italy
Ireland vs Italy .pdf

12

16:45

A

Ukraine
2v4
Austria
Austria vs Ukraine.pdf








Wednesday 15 March



Rest Day










Thursday 16 March

13

10:00

QF

France
11v2
Ukraine
France vs Ukraine.pdf

14

12:15

QF

Wales
3v0
Italy
Wales vs Italy .pdf

15

14:30

QF

Austria
2v4 Penalty Shootout
Scotland
Scotland vs Austria .pdf

16

16:45

QF

Ireland
5v1
Poland
Ireland vs Poland .pdf








Friday 17 March



Rest Day










Saturday 18 March

26

10:00

5 / 8

Austria
v
Ukraine


27

12:15

5 / 8

Italy
v
Poland


28

14:30

SF

Wales
v
Ireland


29

16:45

SF

France
v
Scotland









Sunday 19 March

30

10:00

7 / 8


v



31

12:15

5 / 6


v



32

14:30

3 / 4


v



33

16:45

Final


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