Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ireland semi-final opponent to be confirmed on strokes

Ireland's EuroHockey Nation's Trophy semi-final opponents will be decided via penalty strokes at 9.30am on Wednesday, August 5 after Wales and the Czech Republic tied at the top of Pool B on points, goal difference, goals scored, goals conceded and games won.

The situation arose after the Czechs came from 2-0 down against Scotland in a controversial fixture. The Scots appealed a decision midway through the second half where they believed Niall Stott's shot went through the goal's netting.

Umpire Requena deemed the ball wide and the technical delegate backed up that decision at a post-match appeal. It meant the final 2-2 score stood, keeping the stalemate between the host nation and the Czechs in tact.

Ireland will definitely play their semi-final at 3pm on Thursday.

* Keep an eye on for details on the strokes...

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