Saturday, June 14, 2008

Women's Setanta Trophy: Ireland v Great Britain

Ireland hoped to turn the performance against Germany into a positive result against Great Britain today at Belfield and continued on where they left off when Roisin Flinn crossed for McKean.

Her deflection, though, just found the wrong side of the post. They, indeed, made a number of other chances but could not convert.

And they were punished when GB broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute with their first corner, Chloe Rogers knocking in a rebound. They followed up with four corners in two minutes. Christa Cullen converted one to make it 2-0 at half time.

Ireland started the second half better, winning three corners and Alex Speers run weaving through the defence, dragging the keeper wide but could not apply the finish. And GB copper-fastened the victory with two minutes to go with a shot from Charlotte Craddock.

Commenting after the game was Coach Muller “The difference between the sides today was in both circles. We created a lot of chances against GB I was happy with our work rate and the chances we created but their (GB’s) finishing was better. It was a very good team performance I am really happy with our progress over the tournament, we have been dynamic and creative it’s been a step up for us”

In the earlier game, Germany completed their third victory with a late burst against South Africa. Goals from Maike Stockel in the 58th minute and Kerstin Hoyer in the 67th saw them run out 2-0 winners.

It means Ireland will play South Africa Tomorrow in the 3rd/4th playoff at 9.00am while the Germany will hope to retain the Setanta title with a win over Great Britain at 11.25am.

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