U18 EuroHockey Championships – Ireland come back from a 2-0 deficit

Posted On 26th July 2016

26th July 2016: Ireland’s girls come back from a 2-0 deficit to beat a well organised Russian team 2-3 and blow Pool B wide open! 

England 1 (T.Howard) Germany 6 (F.Gunther, N.Pluta 3, K.Kiefer, L.Arndt)

A hat-trick from Nicola Pluta put Germany back in contention in the Pool. Germany started the game with relentless pressure on the English defence from the starting whistle! England held off until the 11th minute when a scramble in front of goal saw Feline Gunther defect a rebound into the goal. Constant pressure by the German’s, hunting it seemed like a pack, saw them 4-0 ahead by half time.

England did have some chances in the second half and clawed one back via a well worked corner, back to the injector Tess Howard who took no hesitation in firing home England’s only goal of the game.

The game finished 6-1  and Germany’s Coach Markku Slawyk said he that today he was “Very happy with the performance and the result, the performance against Russia was good, but the result not.” He added that he was very happy with the number of goals that his team had scored.

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
Germany 11 19 GÜNTHER Feline Field Goal 0 – 1
Germany 17 10 PLUTA Nicola Penalty Corner 0 – 2
Germany 26 18 KIEFER Katharina Field Goal 0 – 3
Germany 30 10 PLUTA Nicola Field Goal 0 – 4
Germany 48 21 ARNDT Liv Penalty Corner 0 – 5
England 60 12 HOWARD Tess Penalty Corner 1 – 5
Germany 70 10 PLUTA Nicola Field Goal 1 – 6


Belgium 2 (C.Freyling, M.Weyers)  Germany 2 (J.Schiffer, P.Doesch) 

A fantastic game between 2 technically savvy teams saw the crowd here in the Mardyke Arena being treated to a great battle. Belgium went ahead via a corner from C.Freyling in the 26th minute, Germany immediately replied with an attack that led to a stroke being awarded and J.Schiffer put it away, drawing the game level in the 28th minute. A second half of “chaotic defending” as mentioned by head coach Simon Letchford as Belgium tried to defend their 2-1 lead, and with seconds on the clock P.Doesch put a stroke away to earn Germany a draw. Letchford continued that he has targeted the 2 other pool games as must wins and to earn a draw with the much fancied German’s was a bonus, but the result has given his players “a bit of confidence and self belief to run the German’s as hard as we did” He added that his players had played more with their hearts rather than their heads. He added finally that the draw was a “fair reflection of the game.”

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
Belgium 26 17 FREYLING Cyril Penalty Corner 1 – 0
Germany 28 27 SCHIFFER Jan Penalty Stroke 1 – 1
Belgium 54 9 WEYERS Mathieu Field Goal 2 – 1
Germany 70 3 DOESCH Paul Penalty Stroke 2 – 2


Russia 2 (V.Borisova 2) Ireland 3 (H.Irwin, J.McMaster, M.Barry) 

Russia dominated the first half of this game and went ahead via V.Borisova, just into the second half she doubled the score from a nicely executed corner in the 37th minute. Ireland’s 12, Jessica Mc Master worked hard pressing for corners which were being wasted as they ripped past the post, but in the 51st minute Ireland brought on Ellen Curran who immediate had an impact on the play and played a beautiful pass to Hannah Irwin who sent it home. In the 65th minute Mc Master got her reward for her huge effort as she equalised. In the 70th minute Michelle Barry put Ireland ahead to clinch the win. Irish Coach Stephen Arbuthnot said “We had a lot of things to fix after the first game, we didn’t start well at all, we had an honest meeting and were disappointed in ourselves.” He said of the match today that they “needed a big response which didn’t come in the first half, it had to come in the second half, but to be honest we never felt we would lose that game, even at 2-0 down.” He was frustrated at the number of corners awarded that were not converted as the scoreline could have been greater!

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
Russia 20 13 BORISOVA Valeriia Field Goal 1 – 0
Russia 37 13 BORISOVA Valeriia Penalty Corner 2 – 0
Ireland 51 15 IRWIN Hannah Field Goal 2 – 1
Ireland 65 12 McMASTER Jessica Field Goal 2 – 2
Ireland 70 3 BARRY Michelle Field Goal 2 – 3

Great early goal for Ireland U18 Boys as Nelson fires on the reverse to give Irl 1-0 lead against Czech Republic. Guy Sarratt added one in the 10th minute from a direct flick. Walker added a 3rd in the 15th minute and 2 quick more goals were added before the half, brining the score to 5-0 at half time. Ireland played exceptionally well and executed their corners well which added another 6 to their tally. Czech did score an consolation goal just before the end of the game.

Speaking to the Irish Coach Gareth Boreland after the win he said  “We started off very fast we were happy with that. Unfortunately the way the tournament has ended up we had to score a lot of goals and we managed to do that.” He added that goals difference may be important in the pool as they work to their semi-final target. Speaking about their upcoming game against Belgium he noted that Ireland would “Have to play to their full potential to get a result out of it” but he is confident that they can and this evening will be about doing their homework on Belgium.

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
Ireland 2 15 NELSON Matthew Field Goal 1 – 0
Ireland 10 17 SARRATT Guy Penalty Corner 2 – 0
Ireland 15 13 WALKER Ben Field Goal 3 – 0
Ireland 32 9 MACMAHON Harry Penalty Corner 4 – 0
Ireland 33 4 CROOKSHANKS Matthew Field Goal 5 – 0
Ireland 42 6 MARSHALL Kyle Penalty Corner 6 – 0
Ireland 53 6 MARSHALL Kyle Field Goal 7 – 0
Ireland 58 17 SARRATT Guy Penalty Corner 8 – 0
Ireland 60 20 EMPEY Conor Penalty Corner 9 – 0
Ireland 64 17 SARRATT Guy Penalty Corner 10 – 0
Czech Republic 68 14 URBANEC Jan Penalty Corner 10 – 1
Ireland 69 18 JENNINGS David Field Goal 11 – 1


Pool B Ranking:

R Team GP W D L GD P
1 Belgium 2 1 1 0 8 4
2 Germany 2 1 1 0 5 4
3 Ireland 2 1 0 1 5 3
4 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 -18 0


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