Green Machine Secure World Cup Place

  • Jul 22,2017


Hockey World League Semi Finals Johannesburg 

Ireland 1 (Sothern)

New Zealand 0


The Green Machine have booked their place at the 2018 World Cup in India with a 1-0 victory over New Zealand.


It was a cagey affair throughout with the sides exchanging early chances, Chris Cargo and Alan Sothern linking up smartly for the Irish. Both sides seemed happy to hold onto possession and wait for the gaps to appear with Ireland winning the first of the penalty corners, but Richard Joyce was alert to Shane O’Donoghue’s drag. Joyce was again called on to make an important interception as Neal Glassey fired a pass into the circle to the waiting Matthew Nelson. Eugene Magee slipped awkwardly, rolling his ankle, and didn’t return to the game, meaning the Irish bent was down 2 players given Johnny McKee’s fractured collarbone earlier in the tournament. The first real chance for New Zealand fell to Hugo Inglis who’s reverse shot ricocheted off the crossbar while moments later John Jackson, rock solid throughout, made an important deflection from a PC. Neither keeper had much to do in the opening half and the superb defensive efforts by both sides was mirrored in the stats that showed nothing between them.

 

New Zealand began to tip the stats in their favour in the second half and David Harte was called into action with a fine double save. Harte was certainly the busier of the two keepers in the final 30 minutes but New Zealand just lacked that final clinical touch. The tight nature of the game suggested one moment of magic would be enough and Alan Sothern was on hand to produce just that for Ireland. In the 49th minute he pounced on a rebounded save and flicked the ball over Devon Manchester, who had replaced Joyce had half time. New Zealand put Shea McAleese on as kicking back and won two further penalty corners but the precision just wasn’t there and the Irish defence calmly cleared their lines.


A huge defensive effort from the Green Machine combined with Sothern’s goal seals their spot at the 2018 World Cup in India.


Head coach Craig Fulton said “It was a tight game and it could have gone either way. It was a win built on character and defence basically won us that game. We wanted to come away with qualification and that’s really pleasing from tonight, it was a great squad effort”.


Ireland: D Harte, J Jackson, M Bell, C Cargo, M Nelson, A Sothern, E Magee, S O’Donoghue, P Gleghorne, C Harte, S Cole

Subs: J Carr, J Bell (Captain), N Glassey, S Murray, J Duncan, S Loughrey, J McKee (Injured)


New Zealand: N Haig, N Ross, R Joyce, N Woods, B Tarrant (Captain), A Panchia, S McAleese, S Jenness, H Inglis, G Muir, H Phillips

Subs: D Brydon, S Lane, M Child, J Panchia, D Manchester, K Russell, L Mitai Wells

Women:

Pool A Pool B

England Argentina

Germany USA

Japan South Africa

Ireland India

Poland Chile

NB. Times listed are local (Johannesburg)

DATE
INFO
TIME*
TEAMS
July 8, 2017
Pool A
12:00

JPN 1-1 IRL

 
Pool A
14:00

GER 1-0 POL

 
Pool B
16:00

USA 1-0 CHI

 
Pool B
18:00

RSA 0-0 IND

July 10, 2017
Pool B
12:00

ARG 2-0 CHI

 
Pool A
14:00

GER 2-2 IRL

 
Pool A
16:00

ENG 3-0 POL

 
Pool B
18:00

USA 4-1 IND

July 12, 2017
Pool B
12:00

IND1 -0 CHI

 
Pool A
14:00

IRL 2-0 POL

 
Pool A
16:00

JPN 1-0 ENG

 
Pool B
18:00

RSA 1-3 ARG

July 14, 2017
Pool A
12:00

POL 0-2 JPN

 
Pool B
14:00

CHI 1-0 RSA

 
Pool B
16:00

USA 0-4 ARG

 
Pool A
18:00

GER 0-1 ENG

July 16, 2017
Pool A
12:00

JPN 0-3 GER

 
Pool A
14:00

ENG 3-2 IRL

 
Pool B
16:00

RSA 3-2 USA

 
Pool B
18:00

ARG 3-0 IND

July 18, 2017
QF
11:15
                       USA 1-0 JPN
 
QF
13:30
                          ARG 2-1 IRL
 
QF
15:45
                         ENG 4-1 IND
 
QF
18:00
                          GER 1-0 RSA
July 20, 2017
9th/10th Place
10:00

POL 1-2 CHI

 
5 / 8 Place
12:15

IND 0–2 JPN

 
5 / 8 Place
14:30

RSA 3–0 IRL

 
Semi Final
16:45

GER 2–1 ARG

 
Semi Final
19:00

ENG 1-2 (Shoot-out) USA

July 22, 2017
7th/8th Place
11:15

IND1-2 IRL

 
5th/6th Place
13:30

JPN 1- 2RSA

July 23, 2017
3rd/4th Place
11:00

ENG-ARG

 
Final
15:30

USA-GER

Men:

Pool A Pool B 

Australia Germany

New Zealand Belgium

Spain South Africa

Japan Ireland

France Egypt

DATE
INFO
TIME*
TEAMS
July 9, 2017
Pool A
12:00

NZL 3-3 FRA

 
Pool A
14:00

ESP 2-1 JPN

 
Pool B
16:00

BEL 10-0 EGY

 
Pool B
18:00

RSA 0-2 IRL

July 11, 2017
Pool B
12:00

GER 5-0 EGY

 
Pool A
14:00

AUS 3-2 FRA

 
Pool A
16:00

NZL 3-1 JPN

 
Pool B
18:00

BEL 6-2 IRL

July 13, 2017
Pool B
12:00

IRL 2-1 EGY

 
Pool A
14:00

JPN 1-4 FRA

 
Pool A
16:00

ESP 0-2 AUS

 
Pool B
18:00

RSA 3-4 GER

July 15, 2017
Pool A
12:00

FRA 0-2 ESP

 
Pool A
14:00

NZL 1-2 AUS

 
Pool B
16:00

EGY 2-1 RSA

 
Pool B
18:00

BEL 2-3 GER

July 17, 2017
Pool A
12:00

AUS 7-2 JPN

 
Pool A
14:00

ESP 4-3 NZL

 
Pool B
16:00

GER 2-0 IRL

 
Pool B
18:00

RSA 1-9 BEL

July 19, 2017
QF
11:15
                        AUS 4-0 EGY
 
QF
13:30
                          ESP 2-1 IRL
 
QF
15:45
                         GER 4-1 FRA
 
QF
18:00
                          BEL 2-0 NZL
July 21, 2017
9th/10th Place
10:00

JPN 2– 4 RSA

 
5 / 8 Place
12:15

EGY 0-2 NZL

 
5 / 8 Place
14:30

IRL 4-3 (Shoot out) FRA

 
Semi Final
16:45

ESP 3–4 (Shoot out) GER

 
Semi Final
19:00

AUS 1-2 BEL

July 22, 2017
7th/8th Place
15:45

EGY 0-3 FRA

 
5th - 6th Place
18:00

NZL 0-1IRL

July 23, 2017
3rd/4th Place
13:15

AUS-ESP

 
Final
18:00

BEL-GER

NB. Times listed are local (Johannesburg)