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Australia v Pakistan 2-1 (0-1)

0-1 10′ Muhammad UMAIR (FG)
1-1 49’ Dylan WOTHERSPOON (FG)
2-1 67’ Luke NOBLETT (PS)

Australia defeated Pakistan 2-1 in an intensive hockey gold medal match. Belgium secured Bronze after beating Ghana 4-1 while hosts Singapore won the fifth place playoff 6-1 against Chile.
On Tuesday the Netherlands won Gold in the girls’ competition, Argentina received Silver and New Zealand Bronze.


Photo: SYOGOC

Australia v Pakistan 2-1 (0-1)

0-1 10′ Muhammad UMAIR (FG)
1-1 49’ Dylan WOTHERSPOON (FG)
2-1 67’ Luke NOBLETT (PS)

Australia defeated Pakistan 2-1 in an intensive hockey gold medal match. Belgium secured Bronze after beating Ghana 4-1 while hosts Singapore won the fifth place playoff 6-1 against Chile.
On Tuesday the Netherlands won Gold in the girls’ competition, Argentina received Silver and New Zealand Bronze.
Australia started off with great pace and took immediately control of the game. The young Kookaburras won their first two penalty corners in the 2nd minute but flicker Oscar WOOKEY was denied twice. Australia created many chances but Pakistan’s defence and especially goalkeeper Mazhar ABBAS did an outstanding job and kept Australia out. While the Kookaburras dominated the match, Pakistan looked for opportunities to break through the opponents’ defence. In the 10th minute Pakistan penetrated the Australian circle the first time and Muhammad UMAIR scored out of the blue making Pakistan leading 1-0. Australia kept on pressuring and won another penalty corner which led to a penalty stroke. Team-captain Daniel BEALE took responsibility and went to the 7m mark. His shot into the bottom left was saved brilliantly by goalkeeper ABBAS’s stick.
The beginning of the second half had not much action in the circles as Pakistan played defensively and gave Australia as less space as possible. However the young Kookaburras rolled the pressure on and tied the score in the 49th minute when Dylan WOTHERSPOON’s reverse-stick-side shot found its way into the net. Pakistan gave up their defensive play after the equaliser. The crowd saw an intensive match with chances either side. Soon after Luke NOBLETT was sent off with a yellow card, Muhammad SOHAIB received yellow as well and the match went on ten-on-ten.
Australia won a second penalty stroke after Jeremy HAYWARD’s penalty corner attempt was saved by a Pakistan defender’s body on the goal-line. Luke NOBLETT took the penalty stroke and flicked it into the top right corner. Pakistan was urgent to strike back but the young Kookaburras ran the clock down.


Belgium v Ghana 4-1 (2-1)

0-1 17′ Abdul Rahman ANUM (FG)
1-1 25′ Alexander HENDRICKX (PS)
2-1 31′ Gaetan PEREZ (FG)
3-1 48′ Louis ROMBOUTS (PC)
4-1 53′ Gaetan PEREZ (FG)

The boys from Belgium beat Ghana in the Youth Olympic Bronze Medal match. The Belgian boys went on a lap of honour after the game while their fans cheered loudly.
Belgium won two penalty corners at the beginning of the first half but Alexander HENDRICKX was denied twice. Although Belgium controlled the match Ghana surprised by scoring the 1-0 lead. Their top-scorer Abdul Rahman ANUM received the ball in the circle and defeated the Belgian goalkeeper Arnaud FLAMAND who saved the first shot but was not able to kick the ball out of danger. HENDRICKX’s successfully converted penalty stroke tied the score to 1-1 after the ball hit a defender’s foot on the goal-line. Now HENDRICKX joins tournament top-scorer Muhammad QADIR from Pakistan with ten goals on rank one. Belgium created great opportunities towards the end of the first half but was kept from scoring. Five minutes before the halftime break Gaetan PEREZ took the lead out of open play.
The second half was also dominated by the European under 18 champions but Ghana’s goalkeeper Eugene ACHEAMPONG’s great saves kept his team in. However Belgium extended their lead in the 48th minute when Louis ROMBOUTS tipped the ball into the goal after a penalty corner variation with Benjamin van DAM who saw his unmarked team-mate ROMBOUTS waiting at the far post. A few minutes later Gaetan PEREZ scored his second goal today. It was obvious that Ghana wouldn’t recover from this. Belgium kept up their pace and secured the deserved Bronze Medal.
The pool match between these two teams finished with the score 6-3 for Belgium.
The Belgian boys went on a lap of honour after the game while their fans cheered loudly.

Chile v Singapore 1-6 (1-1)
1-0 13′ Vicente MARTIN (PC)
1-1 19′ Muhd Fadhil MUHD RIZAINI (FG)
1-2 43’ Mohd Haseef SALIM (PC)
1-3 48′ Mohd Haseef SALIM (PC)
1-4 53′ Nur Ashriq Ferdaus ZULKEPLI (FG)
1-5 61′ Mohd Haseef SALIM (PS)
1-6 69′ Nur Ashriq Ferdaus ZULKEPLI (FG)

Singapore overran Chile, missing three key players, towards the end of the second half.
Chile missed the injured Rodrigo DAVID, Matias MARDONES and Gonzalo PRADO. Although the South Americans had only one substitution player they did very well. After Mohd Haseef SALIM tackled Francisco PIEPER in the circle, umpire Mikael MATTSSON awarded a penalty corner to Chile. Team-captain Vicente MARTIN’s flick found the net and Chile was leading. Singapore was not impressed and fought back six minutes later when Muhd Fadhil MUHD RIZAINI equalised out of open play. Afterwards the score could have gone either way but both goalkeepers did a good job.
Singapore’s SALIM gave the lead to the hosts after flicking a penalty corner into the bottom left of the goal. The corner was awarded due to Juan Pablo PURCELL’s stick tackling against Nur Ashriq Ferdaus ZULKEPLI. Five minutes later Singapore’s top scorer SALIM made his sixth goal in this tournament extending the lead to 3-1, his penalty corner flick went again into the bottom left. Chile seemed tired in the middle of the second half while the hosts took control of the game. Singapore scored three more goals and celebrated their first victory in this competition.

Source: worldhockey.org

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