ESP v IRL (Pool B)

Champions Challenge 1 2014 (W)

Match Date Time Pool/Class Venue
06 2014-04-28 16:00 Pool B
Previous 6 months ago Next
Spain 2 - 2 (2 - 0)
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Ireland

Highlights

Spain v Ireland - Women's Champions Challenge I - Pool B - Highlights

A game that seemed to be heading for a certain Irish defeat was turned around by a battling second half performance by the team in green. A reminder from coach Darren Smith at half-time that they had already beaten Spain in a test series earlier in the year was enough to galvanise the team into action.

The first half of the second pool B match between Spain and Ireland was a very one-way affair with Spain taking an early 2-0 lead, through Alicia Magaz (10') and Lola Riera (13') seemingly left Ireland with no way back into the game. Spain's first goal came from open play and the second from a penalty corner. At this point the Spanish team looked full of running and dominant in all areas of the pitch.

Even with 15 minutes to go, it still seemed as if Ireland were not going to hit the target. They worked industriously, but their finishing was poor and Spain always seemed to be in control. 

But then Emily Beatty arrived on the scene and within the space of four minutes the game had swung dramatically. Her first goal (62') was a rebound past Spanish goalkeeper Maria Lopez de Eguilaz Zubiria, and the second (66') was, in Emily's words, "supposed to be a cross, but it hit a Spain leg and went in."

In the dying minutes of the game, Spain regrouped and earned a penalty corner as the clock showed time, but the strike soared over the crossbar and while Ireland celebrated, Spain will have felt as if they threw two points away.

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Goal Detail

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
ESP 10 13 MAGAZ Alicia FG 1 - 0
ESP 13 17 RIERA Lola PC 2 - 0
IRL 62 32 BEATTY Emily PC 2 - 1
IRL 66 32 BEATTY Emily FG 2 - 2

Card Detail

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type Umpire
IRL 15 24 MULLAN Kathryn G GIDDENS Maggie
ESP 32 14 TOST Maria G GIDDENS Maggie
IRL 47 6 SMYTH Emma Y (5') GIDDENS Maggie
ESP 57 14 TOST Maria Y (5') GIDDENS Maggie

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire SCHMITZ Gabriele (GER)
Umpire GIDDENS Maggie (USA)
Reserve Umpire BAGDANSKIENE Vilma (LTU)
Judge SCHWEDE Sonja (GER)
Judge WOTHERSPOON Anne (SCO)
Technical Officer MORGAN Barbara (SCO)
Tournament Director PARKS Paula (CAN)
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