24th July 2016: A fantastic day of hockey as the opening day of the U18 EuroHockey Championships got underway in Garryduff and UCC, Cork.
Game 1 – Netherlands v Spain 4-3
A game of 2 halves! Netherlands dominated the first half of this game, putting pressure on the Spanish defence and being rewarded with goals coming from Fay van der Elst popping the ball in from a rebound. Yibbi Jansen put them ahead in the 21st and 23rd minute, two stunning goals, backhanded flick and then a dragflick worthy of any senior player, left the Dutch girls seemingly comfortable at half time.
A brilliant fight back by the Spanish girls brought then to 3-3 in the 68th minute, but the Dutch girls pressed for a corner and were rewarded in the final minute and once again Yibbi Jansen was on target and a narrow win for the Dutch was a relief for Dutch coach, Marieke DIJKSTRA she was happy to come away with the win “in one way it feels like a win as of course we got the 3 points but on the other hand the second half was way below our level, so we do have to improve and change some things for tomorrow.”
|Netherlands||12||2||van der ELST Fay||Field Goal||1 – 0|
|Netherlands||21||8||JANSEN Yibbi||Field Goal||2 – 0|
|Netherlands||23||8||JANSEN Yibbi||Penalty Corner||3 – 0|
|Spain||42||12||ALVAREZ Patricia||Penalty Corner||3 – 1|
|Spain||60||14||TORRES-QUEVEDO Alejandra||Penalty Corner||3 – 2|
|Spain||68||12||ALVAREZ Patricia||Penalty Corner||3 – 3|
|Netherlands||69||8||JANSEN Yibbi||Penalty Corner||4 – 3|
Game 2 – Belgium v Poland 7-0
A dominant performance by a technically better side in Belgium. Belgium went ahead in the 3rd minute via Boey, Struijk doubled the score after 15 minutes and Boey was on target again in the 30th minute, t’Serstevens added a 4th and just before the half Struijk was once again on target leading to a comfortable lead of 5-0 in going into the break. The Polish keeper did in fact keep the scoreline down with some great double saves.
In the second half the Belgian’s eased back and allowed some attacks from Poland, notably their number 7 Kuzmecka who had several individual runs down the right, but these were skuppered by a strong Belgian defence. Belgium added a further 2 to their tally, sitting pretty on top of Pool A after the first day’s play. Belgian head coach John Goldberg said he was “Very pleased with the start especially with the first half, and scoring some nice goals.” He added that they would be analysing the Dutch game which will be a tough game but they “are ready”. When asked about his target for this event he said they will play “game by game” and expect an exciting final pool game v Spain.
|Belgium||3||16||BOEY Leylou||Field Goal||1 – 0|
|Belgium||15||6||STRUIJK Michelle||Penalty Corner||2 – 0|
|Belgium||30||16||BOEY Leylou||Field Goal||3 – 0|
|Belgium||33||9||‘t SERSTEVENS Alexia||Field Goal||4 – 0|
|Belgium||35||6||STRUIJK Michelle||Penalty Corner||5 – 0|
|Belgium||57||3||VANDERSTEEN Anouck||Field Goal||6 – 0|
|Belgium||60||15||LYCKE Camille||Penalty Corner||7 – 0|
Game 3 – Russia v Germany 3-2
Valeriia Borisova’s 63rd minute volley saw Russia stun a hotly fancied German side as they nicked a 3-2 victory in a thrilling opening game in Pool B of the EuroHockey Youth Championships. It capped a brilliant performance for the Russians who defended with their lives before launching a series of epic counter-attacks. Indeed, they took the lead three times with Svetlana Eroshina a crucial player throughout.
She served notice of her threat just three minutes in when her shot was just scrambled off the line by Katharina Kirschbaum. In the eighth minute, Eroshina was not to be denied as she linked up with a through pass and, one-on-one, beat the goalkeeper Karlotta Lammers before flicking high past two back-pedalling defenders.
Solvej Althof equalised from the penalty spot soon after but Russia had the lead back once more before half-time as they survived a series of chances before taking one of their rare openings. Eroshina did the damage once again, beating two defenders and while she had space for a shot, selflessly passed to Borisova to push into an open goal.
Sonja Zimmerman levelled for a second time with a direct drag-flick from a corner but they could not make more use of their set pieces as Karina Golovastikova made a string of good saves and Anastasia Kolpakova organised a close-knit defence.
Breaks were rare but they did make one stick with some sublime skills leading to the ball popping up to Borisova on the left post and she batted into the net. They held out another couple of last minute corners to cling on for their famous win.
|Russia||8||9||EROSHINA Svetlana||Field Goal||0 – 1|
|Germany||13||20||ALTHOF Solvej||Penalty Stroke||1 – 1|
|Russia||28||13||BORISOVA Valeriia||Field Goal||1 – 2|
|Germany||40||13||ZIMMERMANN Sonja||Penalty Corner||2 – 2|
|Russia||63||13||BORISOVA Valeriia||Field Goal||2 – 3|
Game 4 – Ireland v England 0-3
England began their pursuit of European glory with a 3-0 win over home hosts Ireland with a superb first half laying the base for their victory at the Mardyke. The English were flying in the first half, racing forward at speed at every opportunity. They scuppered a couple of early corners but, from their second, recovered the ball and captain Holly Munro broke down the right, centring the ball perfectly for Sophie Jefferson to swipe home for a fifth minute lead.
Ireland’s counters were dangerous with Niamh Carey’s runs and some neat one-touch passing causing problems. But England were ravenous for more goals and they got their second in the 18th minute from Mimi Tarrant, her shot from a corner switch deflecting into the backboard.
They threatened more but Hannah McLoughlin made at least two brilliant interventions to block out chances, one an exceptional diving tackle with the goal beckoning for Lily Wolstenholme. Ireland were dealt a further blow when captain and goalkeeper Emma Buckley had to retire injured before half-time. Her replacement Liz Murphy made two key blocks before the break to keep it at 2-0.
The hosts showed more attacking fire in the second half, winning a couple of corners while Tess Howard was required to brilliantly clear another chance off the line with a last ditch volley. But England had the cutting edge and when the chance fell to Lily Wolstenholme, she duly smashed home from the top of the circle for the clinching third goal with 12 minutes to go.
For Irish coach Stevie Arbuthnot, he said he was “a bit gutted” with how his side began the match. “Credit to England for the way they started; they stepped up on us an we didn’t respond. It was disappointing from our perspective that we didn’t react and they fully deserved to go 2-0 up and while we scrapped after that, we never really got a hold of the game.”
|England||5||8||JEFFERSON Sophie||Field Goal||1 – 0|
|England||18||12||HOWARD Tess||Penalty Corner||2 – 0|
|England||59||3||WOLSTENHOLME Lily||Field Goal||3 – 0|
Our Championship and Championship II (boys and girls) started today in Cork and Glasgow respectively. With the boys Championship II in Albena starting on 27th July.
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