Match 5: Wales v Turkey 5-1
Wales’ Number 2 Julie Whiting gets things underway with a cracking ball across to the top of the circle. After a short tussle at the top of the circle, Number 8 Sarah Jones opens the scoring with a first-minute goal.
Motivated from their early opener, Wales keep up the pressure against the Turkish defence, who falter after some strong defending but Keeper Serpil Turker makes a great save to keep it from going to 2-0.
As the momentum turns, Turkey drives against the Welsh defence but not no avail. Another turn of the tide results in a spectacular cross from Wales’ Number 10 Phoebe Richards, wowing the crowds at Glasgow Green.
After crosses from both sides fail to connect, a corner is awarded against Wales as the first quarter draws to a close but it’s a near-miss at the post for Turkey.
Furious defending on both sides see out the first quarter.
Into the second quarter, Wales aim to extend their lead with an early press but Wales’ Number 13 Danni Jordan sees her attempt roll gently across the backline.
A low tackle from the Turkish defence sees the Umpire award a penalty corner for Wales but, despite only 3 Turkish defenders behind the line, no conversion for Wales. A drive from Turkey sees Wales’ Number 27 Joanne Westwood tussle to regain possession but Turkey still drives through. However, a mishit sends the ball behind the line.
Two green cards in quick succession send Turkey down to 9 players with 6 minutes to go in the second quarter. Taking advantage, Sarah Jones sends a crisp ball across the circle but there’s no one there. Turkey’s Keeper lets it run.
Heading into the third quarter, some good work around the back brings the ball to Wales’ Number 10 Phoebe Richards, who works her way through the Turkish defence, sending the ball screaming past Turkey’s Serpil Turker to make it 2-0 in the opening minute of the second half.
Wales move quickly as Number 14 Eloise Laity sends the ball towards goal from the left of the circle but Turkey’s Keeper keeps it at 2-0. Another attempt comes quickly from the penalty spot but it’s too high.
Following a free hit from behind the 22, Turkey’s Number 10 Perihan Küçükkoç works hard against the Welsh defence to slip it past Keeper Rose Thomas, scoring Turkey’s first goal of the tournament. It’s 2-1 in the 3rd quarter.
After some end-to-end hockey, a risky cross across the goalmouth from the Turkish defence sees Danni Jordan dive for the ball but she hits the post! Turkey manages to keep the ball out, avoiding going 3-1 down as the 3rd quarter heads into its last 5 minutes.
Another penalty corner for Wales at the end of the 3rd quarter but Serpil Turker keeps it at 2-1, saving a strike from the top of the circle.
Early Welsh pressure at the start of the final quarter sees an aerial ball from Wales’ Number 15 Beth Bingham arrive in the Turkish 22 and some quick work from the Welsh finds Danni Jordan, who connects this time to slot the ball past the keeper and into the net. It’s 3-1.
Wales keep up the pressure with another attacking penalty corner. Phoebe Richards pings the ball off the post after some fruitless attempts from Turkey to clear.
Driving again, Phoebe Richards earns a free hit at the top of the circle but a foul at the goal mouth earns Wales another penalty corner. The post prevents Number 17 and Welsh Captain Leah Wilkinson from making it 4-1.
Wales link up through the middle of the pitch, Emily Rowlands to Danni Jordan, who finds Number 21 Xenna Hughes, who finds the space past the Turkish Keeper. 4-1 with 10 minutes to go.
Aiming to further extend their lead, Hannah Cozens sends the ball high towards the Turkish net but Serpil Turker keeps it out in spectacular fashion; diving for the ball and connecting with her left hand.
A final penalty corner sees Welsh Captain Leah Wilkinson slot the ball neatly through the Turkish defence from her reverse stick. 5-1 is the final score, putting Wales on a strong footing for the rest of the tournament.
Match 6: Poland v Italy 0-0
Poland lay the pressure on from the start, driving into the circle from the left but Italy’s defensive line held strong, clearing the ball to their waiting midfield. Poland maintains their drive as they work the ball down the right but again, to no avail as they’re forced off the backline by a strong Italian defence. However, Poland’s Number 17 Monika Polewczak doesn’t take no for an answer as she sends a cracking ball from the left of the field across the circle but no one’s there. Italy’s Keeper Natalia Schinoni lets it run into the goal.
In a burst of attacking power, Italy drives towards their attacking 22. Poland’s Number 6 Paulina Reder drops her stick to give the attacking Italians a bit of space, but contact to Poland’s Number 16 and Captain Marlena Rybacha’s face halts the momentum.
It’s end-to-end hockey in the first quarter, with both teams on par with each other at this stage.
Italy links up nicely at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, Number 17 and Captain Chiara Tiddi finds Number 25 Giuliana Ruggieri, who drives into the corner and earns Italy the free hit.
Heading down to the opposite end, Poland defends the first penalty corner of the match. A sleek dummy move at the top of the circle gives Italy the strike, but Polish Keeper Dominika Nowicka get her body down for the save and Poland clear it as the ball runs loose.
After a flurry of stick tackles, Poland’s Number 18 Natalia Wisniewska is awarded a green card. After a further foul at the baseline, Italy is awarded their second attacking corner. The ball comes straight out to the top of the circle before being diverted to waiting Number 14 Elisabetta Pacella, who misses the touch to make it 1-0.
Some lovely work from both teams, sees attacks on goal from both sides, with momentum swinging from one end of the field to the other.
Some early attacking momentum from Poland gives them the edge at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Poland’s Natalia Wisniewska gets in the way of an Italian 16, giving the Poles the space to attack. Italy’s Keeper is there for the save but the Italian defence has to scramble at the goalmouth to get the ball clear.
The teams can’t be differentiated as the attacking momentum swings from end to end until a ball comes off an Italian foot in the circle, giving Poland their first attacking corner. Captain Marlena Rybacha takes the strike from the top of the circle but the ball is sent wide by the Italian defence.
Poland’s Number 20 Sandra Tatarczuk does well to keep possession as she drives into the circle but is stopped in her tracks by Italy’s Eugenia Bianchi.
Italy looks advantageous as they tussle for the strike at the goalmouth, but Poland’s Dominika Nowicka is down and the defence is able to clear.
Momentum stays with Italy as they earn another corner. Number 2 Celina Traverso is waiting on the post and gets the touch but she’s short; meeting the side panel of the goal.
Undeterred, the Italians keep pushing for that the first goal of the match but to no avail as attempt after attempt is kept out by the Polish defence. But as the klaxon sounds to mark the end of the 3rd quarter, it’s still 0-0.
The Italians keep the momentum, forcing Poland back towards their baseline. After 4 consecutive long corners, Poland forces the Italians into a mishit and earn some respite from the attack. A gorgeous touch from Poland’s Number 7 Magdalena Zagajska gives Poland the edge as they drive towards the circle but some strong challenges from the Italians halt their attack.
Elisabetta Pacella of Italy is awarded the first yellow card of the tournament as tensions rise as we head towards the final whistle. Poland uses the momentum to drive towards goal. A cross from the left has the Polish striker diving for the ball but she can’t quite reach. Number 24 Wiktoria Blaszyk drives in again from the right but Italy’s Keeper is there for the save.
One final aerial ball down the righthand line from Poland’s Monika Polewczak meets blue turf as the klaxon sounds to mark the end of the match. Nil – nil is the score between these well-matched sides.
Tomorrow’s games 6th August:
|15:45||UKR – AUT||Pool B|
|18:00||CZE – SCO||Pool B|
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