|December 8th, 2009|
|07||Pool B||4:00pm||CAN - RSA||1 - 4 (0 - 1)||Final|
Both teams started tentatively, with the first chance for Canada when Connor GRIMES received a good cross from Mark PEARSON but was prevented from deflecting it in goal. Canada kept pushing, with Rob SHORT and PEARSON very active in the 25, but wasted a few plays with high passes in the circle. The Canadians seemed to control play, but were in danger on a counter-attack by Lloyd NORRIS-JONES that found Thornton McDADE alone in front of Dave CARTER in the Canadian goal, but the shot was wide.
Canada had a massive opportunity when Dave JAMESON received the ball on the stroke point but lost it before adjusting a shot. The same player was showed a yellow card soon after for hitting an opponent and the balance of play shifted immediately in favor of South Africa. The Canadians absorbed well the pressure and even created the most dangerous chance when Gabbar SINGH ran the ball into the circle but Ranjeev DEOL, alone in front of the goal, count not control the bouncing cross.
Finally, the South Africans took advantage of their numeric superiority in the 30th minute when Wade PATON received the ball unmarked in the left of the circle and managed to slot it between the pads of Dave CARTER in the Canadian goal to open the score. They nearly doubled their tally soon after but half-time was reached with this lone goal.
With Canada down again one player at the beginning of the second period, South Africa maintained their pressure. First Gareth CARR unleashed a shot that shaved the post, then Ian HALEY did not miss the opportunity to increase the gap, pouncing on a penalty corner rebound. With the Canadian defense looking a tad disorganized, Justin REID-ROSS added a penalty-corner in the 46th minute to build a comfortable three goal lead.
With 2 green cards and 3 yellow ones, Canada spent most of the second period short of players and had slim chances to fill the gap with South Africa. Scott TUPPER salvaged some pride with a penalty-corner in the 59th minute but it was too little too late and Gareth CARR promptly re-established the three-goal lead, also with a penalty-corner. After starting well, Canada paid for their indiscipline with a severe loss than leaves them pointless after two days of competition.