It was women’ day right here in Amsterdam, with all 8 groups being in motion! Hosts the Netherland’s high Pool A with Belgium main Pool B heading right into a relaxation day for the ladies’s groups tomorrow.
Match 5: Eire 1 (N Carroll) Scotland 0
Eire ignited their hopes of a semi-final spot as Naomi Carroll netted a 46th minute winner in opposition to Scotland, lifting them as much as three factors in Pool A.
She batted dwelling her 25th worldwide strike however a primary aim since June 3rd 2018 – additionally in opposition to Scotland – earlier than her ACL damage left her on the Inexperienced Military sidelines till this 12 months.
Carroll didn’t recall that earlier strike however was suitably thrilled to be again within the combine on this stage and choosing up all of the factors from a tough battle within the seering warmth.
“I assumed we began very well, created probabilities,” was the Cratloe lady’s evaluation of the sport.
“So long as they held us at 0-0, it does get harder. You attempt to keep affected person and hope that it’ll come. However there’s instances previously when it didn’t come. We stayed calm, persevered and obtained these three factors that we have been after right now.”
Sarah Hawkshaw’s driving runs have been a function all through whereas Carroll’s nimble toes have been all the time a menace. Anna O’Flanagan was within the thick of issues within the first minute from Carroll’s slip cross however Amy Gibson was out shortly to smother the possibility.
That they had one other couple of probabilities flash throughout the face of aim however, on the flip aspect, Scotland have been wanting harmful on the counter with McKenzie Bell’s strike a working example.
The second quarter adopted an analogous sample with Hawkshaw racing down the proper however her cross solely obtained half a contact in entrance of the aim; a Mullan cross took a Scottish stick and rolled extensive.
The third quarter introduced the primary nook probabilities, Lena Tice and Róisín Upton combining to clear Scotland’s first-up effort from Emily Darkish earlier than Eire couldn’t make full use of the three that got here their method.
From the fourth set piece – Hawkshaw once more to the fore in its creation – the aim lastly got here as Carroll snapped up the possibility on the second try. Róisín Upton’s drag was blocked by the primary runner however her Catholic Institute membership mate available to swipe dwelling an important aim from mid-circle.
Evans got here inside millimetres of doubling the lead from a Watkins crash ball, that means a tense finale. However the single aim was sufficient as Eire withstood a late onslaught, together with a nook with 36 seconds to go, when Amy Costello cracked an effort simply extensive.
Eire – Scotland 1-0 (0-0)46′ 1-0 Naomi Carroll
Umpires: S Bockelmann (GER), I Amorosini (ITA)
Match 6: Belgium 4 (A Ballenghien 2 F de Mot, A Raye) Italy 0
The Purple Panthers recorded a superb 4-0 win over Italy to proceed their glorious begin to the competitors with Ambre Ballenghien including two extra targets to her match tally in Amstelveen.
The primary got here within the 24th minute when she guided dwelling Stephanie van den Borre’s immaculate supply from their second penalty nook of the competition.
It remained that method till half-time as Belgium made many of the operating however couldn’t get by Sofia Montserrat once more earlier than the primary interval regardless of a pair extra nook efforts.
That modified, although, when Emma Puvrez picked out an excellent angle into the centre to Abi Raye who was capable of flip sharply and thump dwelling on her open aspect.
The third aim was nearly a carbon-copy of the primary aim, van den Borre once more offering the tempo and route for a diving France de Mot to deflect into the aim from the right-hand aspect.
And Ballenghien completed what her aspect had began when she ripped in a excessive penalty nook drag-flick within the 54th minute to make it 4-0.
There was a component of frustration to their efforts, nonetheless, as they hope to land one other aim to doubtlessly give them an edge within the aim distinction stakes.
Vanden Borre, nonetheless, was delighted with the three factors.
“We’re actually proud of the win, for positive. I feel we may have scored a couple of extra from the start however actually proud of our first three factors,” she mentioned afterwards.
“We had a whole lot of probabilities, a whole lot of circle entries when simply the final cross didn’t go to our participant and that’s one thing we will work on. Yesterday, we gained a whole lot of balls [against Germany]. At the moment, we did the identical and it labored and we have been fairly proud of that efficiency.”
It leaves them needing a draw or higher in opposition to England of their closing group sport to achieve the semi-finals and Vanden Borre says they’ll now use their relaxation day to study their subsequent opponents.
“We haven’t seen clips of them but so we don’t know precisely how they play but however we’re going to give attention to our sport and enhance the issues we will enhance.”
Belgium – Italy 4-0 (1-0)
24’ 1-0 Ambre Ballenghien (PC)
34’ 2-0 Abi Raye (FG)
51’ 3-0 France de Mot (PC)
54’ 4-0 Ambre Ballenghien (PC)
Umpires: Y van Slooten (NED), A Bogolyubova (RUS)
Match 7: England 0 Germany 2 (S Zimmerman, J Fleschütz)
Germany produced a convincing efficiency to beat England and transfer stage with Belgium within the race for the semi-finals in Pool B of the Girls’s EuroHockey Championship.
Sonja Zimmerman’s cracking nook and a peach of a shot from Jette Fleschütz supplied the targets and so they now have their probabilities in their very own fingers, needing only a draw in opposition to Italy on Wednesday to advance.
German coach Xavier Reckinger mentioned: “That was a great sport and a great enchancment in comparison with yesterday in opposition to Belgium. We needed to win and for that I demanded ardour and emotion from the ladies. They completely introduced that.
“Along with a robust defensive efficiency, it was additionally a step up offensively however there may be actually extra that may be completed and I now hope that in opposition to Italy. Sadly, the processes at corners aren’t but appropriate. However total the plan labored out effectively right now.”
England began with a whole lot of velocity and twice examined Julia Sonntag however Die Danas quickly fought their method into the sport and when Fiona Crackles was despatched to the bin, they pounced, profitable the primary nook which Zimmerman was capable of fireplace dwelling within the eighth minute.
Additional nook probabilities got here alongside however none accrued any additional benefit within the first quarter. Pia Maertens twice drew good saves from Maddie Hinch however the goalkeeper couldn’t cease Charlotte Stapenhorst’s effort. After a protracted evaluation, nonetheless, the aim was disallowed resulting from backstick.
Germany continued within the ascendancy after half-time with Maertens’ 3D dribbling inflicting issues after which Fleschütz unleashed an absolute rocket that was too fast for Hinch’s clutches.
Reckinger’s aspect ended up operating up eight corners and so they have been assured within the lead although England swapped out their goalkeeper for the closing phaes. A yellow card for Crackles, nonetheless, stunted their progress and it was the Germans who had the perfect likelihood to attain once more – Maertens unable to complete off a counter-attack into the unguarded internet.
England – Germany
8’ 0-1 Sonja Zimmerman (PC)
32’ 0-2 Jette Fleschütz (FG)
Umpires: A Keogh (IRL), Y Makar (CRO)
Match 8: Spain 1 (L Barrios) Netherlands 7 (F Matla 3, E de Goede, L Stam, C van Maasakker, F Albers)
The Netherlands turned the primary aspect to qualify for the ladies’s EuroHockey Championship semi-finals as they ran up an impressive seven in opposition to Spain on the Wagener Stadium.
It means the Dutch have now dismissed the 2018 World Cup silver and bronze medal sides by an combination of 11-1 of their two group video games.
Spain had made a constructive begin, profitable a few corners and making a lot of the early operating. Maria Lopez had a robust shot deflected whereas her namesake Maria Verschoor – on the far finish – hit the surface of the publish.
However they have been rocked when Eva de Goede broke the impasse. Her first shot had been saved off the road however was not totally cleared and he or she picked it up close to the left baseline and ripped an meant cross which took a heavy stick off a defensive stick for 1-0.
And the sample continued into the second quarter with Spain urgent, profitable a nook however conceding nearly instantly. Pien Dicke’s wonderful block set in movement a six on three assault which de Goede and Stella van Gils labored into the trail of Frédérique Matla who lifted the ball over Maria Ruiz to make it 2-0.
From there, the Dutch took an increasing number of management and duly moved three clear courtesy of Lauren Stam’s penalty nook drag-flick.
And from there, they by no means actually regarded again with Caia van Maasakker dragging a nook shot into the highest nook. De Goede picked out an ideal cross to Matla from midway into the circle the place she smashed a reverse into the aim.
And Matla then completed off her hat trick with a easy end from a baseline cross; 6-0 at three-quarter time. Felice Albers cracked dwelling one other with 5 minutes to go to place them seven clear.
However Laura Barrios obtained what may an important aim within the closing minutes when she produced a exceptional piece of management in mid-air earlier than tipping in. Vitally, it retains them forward of Eire on aim distinction going into their showdown on Wednesday.
“This was a great sport for us, our second of the match,” Matla mentioned of the efficiency. “There was a whole lot of issues that we did effectively right now. We are going to have a look at the sport after which see what we will do even higher however we’re proud of the three factors.”
Spain – Netherlands
14’ 0-1 Eva de Goede (FG)
19’ 0-2 Frédérique Matla (FG)
27’ 0-3 Lauren Stam (PC)
35’ 0-4 Caia van Maasakker (PC)
42’ 0-5 Frédérique Matla (FG)
43’ 0-6 Frédérique Matla (FG)
55’ 0-7 Felice Albers (FG)
56’ 1-7 Laura Barrios (FG)
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