NZL v IRL (Pool A)

Champions Challenge 1 2014 (M)

Match Date Time Pool/Class Venue
01 2014-04-26 15:00 Pool A
  1 year ago Next
New Zealand 2 - 1 (1 - 1)


Tournament favourites New Zealand won the opening match at the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan defeating Ireland 2-1 (1-1) in pool A. Because of the hot weather conditions here in Malaysia, this encounter was played in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each.

Steve Edwards (11’) opened the scoring from open play, before Alan Sothern (16’) equalised with a solo run. The intensive match saw both goalkeepers, Ireland’s David Harte and New Zealand’s Devon Manchester, called into action for the remainder of the first 35 minutes but scores remained level at the break.   

“We expected that sort of match but we are very pleased with the win”, said Colin Batch. The Black Sticks coach also gave credit to the Irish goalkeeper: “David Harte had a very good game today.” Irish coach Craig Fulton added: “I have a very young team. David gives a lot of confidence to them.”

Batch’s Black Sticks started the second half with another early goal when Hugo Inglis (42’) converted the rebound of a Markus Child shot. Despite enjoying slightly more ball possession in the third quarter, the Green Machine could not fight their way back into the contest. The last quarter saw New Zealand pushing for a third goal, but the Irish defence held firm. 

“This was a nice mental challenge to get through”, Fulton said. “I’m happy with our first match.”



Goal Detail

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
NZL 11 31 EDWARDS Steve FG 1 - 0
IRL 16 10 SOTHERN Alan FG 1 - 1
NZL 42 29 INGLIS Hugo FG 2 - 1

Card Detail

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type Umpire
IRL 59 18 McCANDLESS Bruce G

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire LIZANA Eduardo (ESP)
Umpire YOU Suolong (CHN)
Reserve Umpire EILMER Michael (AUT)
Judge APPOO Ramesh (SIN)
Judge MUTHUKUMAR Balakrishan (MAS)
Technical Officer MARSH Gary (AUS)
Tournament Director DECKENBROCK Christian (GER)
JPN v POL (Pool A)
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