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.

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Germany1119GÜNTHER FelineField Goal0 – 1
Germany1710PLUTA NicolaPenalty Corner0 – 2
Germany2618KIEFER KatharinaField Goal0 – 3
Germany3010PLUTA NicolaField Goal0 – 4
Germany4821ARNDT LivPenalty Corner0 – 5
England6012HOWARD TessPenalty Corner1 – 5
Germany7010PLUTA NicolaField Goal1 – 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.”

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Belgium2617FREYLING CyrilPenalty Corner1 – 0
Germany2827SCHIFFER JanPenalty Stroke1 – 1
Belgium549WEYERS MathieuField Goal2 – 1
Germany703DOESCH PaulPenalty Stroke2 – 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!

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Russia2013BORISOVA ValeriiaField Goal1 – 0
Russia3713BORISOVA ValeriiaPenalty Corner2 – 0
Ireland5115IRWIN HannahField Goal2 – 1
Ireland6512McMASTER JessicaField Goal2 – 2
Ireland703BARRY MichelleField Goal2 – 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.

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Ireland215NELSON MatthewField Goal1 – 0
Ireland1017SARRATT GuyPenalty Corner2 – 0
Ireland1513WALKER BenField Goal3 – 0
Ireland329MACMAHON HarryPenalty Corner4 – 0
Ireland334CROOKSHANKS MatthewField Goal5 – 0
Ireland426MARSHALL KylePenalty Corner6 – 0
Ireland536MARSHALL KyleField Goal7 – 0
Ireland5817SARRATT GuyPenalty Corner8 – 0
Ireland6020EMPEY ConorPenalty Corner9 – 0
Ireland6417SARRATT GuyPenalty Corner10 – 0
Czech Republic6814URBANEC JanPenalty Corner10 – 1
Ireland6918JENNINGS DavidField Goal11 – 1


Pool B Ranking:

4Czech Republic2002-180


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