Saturday, May 1, 2010

Australia within point of qualification

World Cup Qualifiers - Day Five
Australia 2 (Casey Eastham, Madonna Blyth) Scotland 1 (Holly Cram)
Scotland gave Australia a reasonable scare in Santiago on Friday but nonetheless got the win that put them on the edge of a place in the World Cup, needing just a point from their game with Ireland on Sunday - though should Scotland or Chile drop points on Saturday, even that will not be necessary.

Corner deflections from Casey Eastham and Madonna Blyth had the hockeyroos in charge at the break, converting two of their three set-pieces. But Scotland refused to die down, pressurising while Hope Munro spent time in the sin-bin and earning a number of corners.

Holly Cram did pull one back late on but there was not enough time to force an equaliser which would have truly put the cat amongst the pigeons. 18 places separate the sides in the world list but the Scots have impressed thus far and could well close that gap by week's end.

Standings (played, points, goal difference): 1. Australia 3-9pts (+15) 2. Scotland 2-3pts (+1) 3. Chile 2-3pts (-4) 4. Malaysia 3-3pts (-7) 5. Ireland 2-0pts (-5)

* Photo courtesy of Lorne Cowley/FIH

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