29th July 2016: Another full day of hockey here in Cork with much at stake for the teams – medal games and attempts to stay in the top division of the EuroHockey Championships.

Semi-Final Netherlands 3 – 3 (1 – 2) (4 – 3 SO) Belgium

The Belgians started the game with huge intensity and went ahead vis L.Sidler in the 4th minute. Mathieu Weyers drove along the left and completed a lovely pass to Sidler. He finished it off with a slap into the top corner. Netherlands replied in the 8th minute via D. de Vilder. For 15 minutes the score remained 1-1 but then a deflected corner from E.Devis put Belgium back in front. The score stayed 2-1 to Belgium at the half. The second half was full of drama! Another deflected corner and Netherlands were back on level terms in the 51st minute, deflected in by S.Schoenaker. In the 54th minute Belgium took the lead for the 3rd time but once again the boys in Orange equalised from a turnover ball.
It resulted in the 1st shoot-out of the tournament. And what a Shoot Out! Both teams missed their  1st attempt, but from then on it was superb goal after superb goal . Especially the shoot-out by Emile Esquelin which will be well remembered, the Belgian lobbed the keeper and waited with baited breath as the ball sailed through the air and finally landed in the goal. The Dutch keeper played really well and contributed to the final score of 4-3 and a final place for the Dutch boys. 
 
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Belgium47SIDLER LoïcField Goal0 – 1
Netherlands810de VILDER DerckField Goal1 – 1
Belgium2518DEVIS EmilPenalty Corner1 – 2
Netherlands518SCHOENAKER SiemPenalty Corner2 – 2
Belgium5422GOUGNARD BorisField Goal2 – 3
Netherlands636de GEUS JonasField Goal3 – 3

Shootout

TeamAttackerDefenderResultScore
BelgiumFREYLING CyrilBRINK HiddeNo Goal0 – 0
NetherlandsSCHOENAKER SiemVANDENBROUCKE SimonNo Goal0 – 0
BelgiumCAYTAN AntoineBRINK HiddeGoal0 – 1
NetherlandsSCHOLS LouisVANDENBROUCKE SimonGoal1 – 1
BelgiumESQUELIN EmileBRINK HiddeGoal1 – 2
Netherlandsde GEUS JonasVANDENBROUCKE SimonGoal2 – 2
BelgiumLUYTEN TimothyBRINK HiddeGoal2 – 3
Netherlandsde VILDER DerckVANDENBROUCKE SimonGoal3 – 3
BelgiumDELAVIGNETTE RomainBRINK HiddeNo Goal3 – 3
NetherlandsSTEENMETSER RolfVANDENBROUCKE SimonGoal4 – 3
Semi Final Germany 5 England 0 
In a tour de force game Germany produced an astonishing display as they cracked open the English defence.

Germany opened the scoring  to a terrific shot on the turn from Knobling. He doubled the score in the 26th minute handed to him by some immaculate skills Bock. The score was 2-0 at half time and the German’s made sure of the game in the 51st minute via a L.Harms penalty corner. 2 quick goals in the 62 and 63rd ensured the German’s would face their rivals, The Netherlands again in the U18 EuroHockey Championship Final tomorrow.

 
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Germany1925KNOBLING EricField Goal1 – 0
Germany2625KNOBLING EricField Goal2 – 0
Germany5118HARMS LeopoldPenalty Corner3 – 0
Germany6226HARTKOPF RaphaelField Goal4 – 0
Germany6326HARTKOPF RaphaelField Goal5 – 0
 
Pool C
Czech Republic – Italy 1-5 (0-1)

Italy picked up their first win of the boys EuroHockey Youth Championships with a superb performance to see off the Czech Republic and give themselves a chance of avoiding relegation.

The Czech Republic made most of the early running but it was Italy who took the lead in the 14th minute when Pietro Lago got on the end of a flowing move, pumping home from mid-circle.

 And they were flying in the second half with a series of goals in quick succession. Lago made it 2-0 with a brilliant diving finish from close range. Sandy Grosso then set up Henry Foerster to finish off a great move from a penalty corner.

 Matthias Malucchi got the fourth before the Czech Republic pulled one back via Denis Tomes from a corner in the last ten minutes. But Davide Paolacci tapped in the fourth late on to complete the win.

 

 
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Italy142LAGO PietroField Goal0 – 1
Italy512LAGO PietroField Goal0 – 2
Italy5920FOERSTER HenryField Goal0 – 3
Italy6015MALUCCHI MatthiasField Goal0 – 4
Czech Republic6311TOMES DenisPenalty Corner1 – 4
Italy6516PAOLACCI DavideField Goal1 – 5
Ireland – Spain 0-5 (0-4)
Spain produced a brilliant first half performance to assure their place in the top tier of the EuroHockey Youth Championships with a 5-0 win over hosts Ireland.

The majority of the damage was done in the first half hour with four Spanish goals before the second half proved a fractious affair with lots of cards being shown.

 Ireland had the first major chance, though, Rafael Alvarez Reville making an incredible diving save from Andrew O’Hare’s close range touch. Within 30 seconds, Spain had their first goal, Alejandro Alvarez shooting a high reverse into the roof of the net.

 Enrique Zorita fired in a low drag-flick soon after before Alvaro Tello made it 3-0 in the 17th minute when he finished off Cesar Curiel’s cross. Sam Cortes added another corner goal for the fourth on the half hour for an imposing advantage which Ireland never really looked like reducing.

 Five players had been sin-binned in the first half and the trend for cards followed in the second half with Spain receiving a red card while three Irish players took yellows, reducing them to eight for a time. Zorita scored his second from a powerful drag-flick with seven minutes to complete the result.

 It means Spain are safe with one game to go against the Czech Republic while Ireland and Italy meet on Saturday with the winner retaining their place in the top tier.

 

 
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Spain910ALVAREZ AlejandroField Goal0 – 1
Spain137ZORITA EnriquePenalty Corner0 – 2
Spain1715TELLO AlvaroField Goal0 – 3
Spain3018CORTES SamPenalty Corner0 – 4
Spain637ZORITA EnriquePenalty Corner0 – 5

 

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