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Electric Ireland Hockey Champions Challenge 1 2012

Dublin, Ireland - September 29 - October 7, 2012
Local time is 12:36am

South Africa v Ireland

Pool B

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
September 29th, 2012
3 Pool B 3:00pm South Africa RSA - IRL Ireland 0 - 1 (0 - 0) Final  

Match Review

Pool B: Ireland 1 (Chloe Watkins) South Africa 0

Hosts Ireland got their Champions Challenge I campaign off to a great start as they surprised South Africa with Chloe Watkins’ 52nd minute goal making the vital difference. It saw the girls in green edge home a tight, tense battle in which South Africa could not find the fluidity that marked the latter phases of their Olympic campaign.

In a high tempo opening, both sides had decent chances with Niamh Small finding good space for a reverse while Jade Mayne was only denied by Emma Gray’s out-stretched toe. Neither side, though, could make corners count as both let chances slip, Ireland missing out from a couple on the half-time hooter.

But Ireland took advantage in the second period when Sulette Damons was shown a yellow card and a minute later, her side were behind. Emma Smyth instigated the move before the diminutive Watkins twisted away from a pair of tackles and unleashed a rising reverse across the Sanani Mangisa’s bows.

South Africa pushed hard for an equaliser with Lesle-Ann George stinging Gray’s palm while Damons blazed wide when clean through. They could not force an equaliser, though, and Ireland had a strong win to start their week.

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September 29th, 2012 at 8:51 am Hosts Ireland and South Africa seven minutes away from tip off; Harvey to earn her 100th cap, Crowley her 50th
September 29th, 2012 at 8:52 am For South Africa, Marsha Marescia has yet to arrive in Dublin and so will have to wait to earn her 300th cap
September 29th, 2012 at 8:58 am Umpires are Michelle Meister (GER) and Emi Yamada (JPN)
September 29th, 2012 at 9:13 am To watch Ireland vs South Africa live online, go to 0-0 at the moment after 8 minutes
September 29th, 2012 at 9:22 am Midway through the half, after a frantic opening, RSA now on top, pressing high, Mayne going closest, still 0-0
September 29th, 2012 at 9:31 am Bedlam in the Irish circle, Jacob clean through but Mangisa saves well before the ball ping-pongs around the circle, 0-0
September 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am Davids takes a green for a foul on O'Flynn, 30mins, IRL 0 SA 0
September 29th, 2012 at 9:41 am After a couple of Irish penalty corners on the half-time hooter, RSA hold on to keep it 0-0 at the break
September 29th, 2012 at 9:58 am SA start on top again in the second half, winning the first pc but Ireland defend comfortably, 0-0, 42mins
September 29th, 2012 at 10:06 am Smyth drives through and clips a shot just wide with a decent run after a quiet phase in the game, 0-0, 50mins
September 29th, 2012 at 10:08 am Damons gets a yellow for a foul on halfway, 0-0, 51mins
September 29th, 2012 at 10:10 am GOAL - Watkins fires in a reverse after a quick twist and turn, IRL now 1-0 up, 52mins
September 29th, 2012 at 10:19 am 62mins - Damons blazes a glorious chance wide after being set free one on one, IRL 1 SA 0
September 29th, 2012 at 10:29 am Ireland hold out comfortably enough to record a bit of a shock, Watkins goal giving them a 1-0 win over South Africa
AUS v BEL (Pool A) USA v SCO (Pool B)


Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pool A
Australia  AUS 3 3 0 0 14 9
Belgium  BEL 3 2 0 1 0 6
India  IND 3 1 0 2 -5 3
Wales  WAL 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Pool B
United States  USA 3 2 0 1 3 6
Scotland  SCO 3 1 2 0 1 5
Ireland  IRL 3 1 1 1 -1 4
South Africa  RSA 3 0 1 2 -3 1


Oct 7, 2012
IND India
Wales WAL
RSA South Africa
Belgium BEL
SCO Scotland
Ireland IRL
AUS Australia
United States USA
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