|August 2nd, 2013|
|34||Semi-Final||5:00pm||NED - IND||3 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final||x 20|
|NED||17||van WIJK Lieke||PC|
|NED||57||de LANGE Lisanne||FG|
|NED||62||van WIJK Lieke||Green|
The Netherlands won the second semi-final 3-0 against India to join Argentina in the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup final. India will face England in Sunday’s Bronze medal match.
Much of the play took place in midfield in the first half as both sides struggled to create promising scoring opportunities from open play. However, the first penalty corner resulted in a goal for The Netherlands. Tournament top scorer Lieke van Wijk’s drag flick found the net beating India’s goalkeeper Chanu Sanarik Ningombam to put her side ahead.
A few minutes later, the Dutch girls forced another penalty corner which went wide. India had a promising scoring opportunity before halftime when they earned their first penalty corner but could not get the shot away.
India stepped the pace up after the break and forced their second penalty corner on 41 minutes but to no avail. The crowd witnessed a very competitive second half without many chances in it. When The Netherlands won their third penalty corner, Indian goalie Ningombam made two tremendous saves against van Wijk to keep her team in the game. However, it was Lisanne de Lange doubling the Dutch lead in the 57th minute.
With six minutes remaining on the clock, Rani had a big opportunity to pull one back but the Dutch goalie Anne Veenendaal parried well. India fought hard to score but the ball did not go in. As time began to run down Lisa Scheerlinck converted a counter-attack securing her team’s 3-0 win.
Voices after the match:
Neil Hawgood, coach India: “We played very, very well today but we got a bit tired in the last ten minutes. We cannot complain, we also had a pretty good defence. Unfortunately we let in a soft goal, this was the 2-0. This match was a good lesson for my players. I think when the girls wake up tomorrow, they will be driven to win the Bronze medal. Playing for Bronze is the best they have done in their life so far.”
Sushila Charu Pukhrambam, Indian captain: “We are disappointed with today’s result. It was very hard to play at these weather conditions. England is a good team but we will try to beat them to win the Bronze medal.”
Rani, Indian player: “We are happy but not satisfied. I hope we will do better tomorrow as there is still the Bronze medal left to play for.”
Lisa Scheerlinck, Dutch player: “In the first half it was a very tied match. India made it difficult for us because they put a lot of pressure on our play. We were very aggressive in the second half and we really wanted to score the second goal. This is what we did. We now face Argentina who are a very technical team. They play very fast and their attacks are extremely good. However, our defence is very strong. I trust in our team.”
|August 02nd, 2013 at 10:00 am||The second semi-final between The Netherlands and India is underway on Pitch 1.|
|August 02nd, 2013 at 10:01 am||The umpires for NED v IND are Irene Presenqui from Argentina and Amber Church from New Zealand.|
|August 02nd, 2013 at 10:17 am||top scorer @LiekevanWijk converts the first penalty corner in this match. It's NED 1 - 0 IND after 17 minutes of play.|
|August 02nd, 2013 at 10:35 am||Halftime on Pitch 1. The Netherlands lead India 1-0 at halftime of the second semi-final.|
|August 02nd, 2013 at 11:04 am||There are 20 minutes remaining in the 2nd semi-final between The Netherlands and India. The score still stands at NED 1 - 0 IND.|
|August 02nd, 2013 at 11:15 am||@Lisanne_deLange doubles the Dutch lead on 57 minutes. Can India strike back? The current score is NED 2 - 0 IND|
|August 02nd, 2013 at 11:25 am||@LisaScheerlinck scores from a counter-attack to make it 3-0 on 68 minutes. NED 3 - 0 IND|
|August 02nd, 2013 at 11:28 am||Full time. The Netherlands win their semi-final 3-0 against India to join Argentina in the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup final.|