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Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018: England Knocks Ireland Out With 4-2 Win

07 December 2018


Bhubaneswar: The second game of the day saw Ireland (WR:10) play England (WR:7) with both teams having one point each at the start of the game. China’s heavy defeat meant that both Ireland and England only needed to draw in order to progress through to the knock-out stages, as their respective goal differences were now superior to the team from Asia.

English player David Condon opened the scoring in the last minute of the first quarter. This followed two scoring attempts from Liam Ansell and Mark Gleghorne, both off target. At the 25th minute, England were very close to doubling their advantage as Ian Sloan missed a great opportunity with a hit just past the post.

The start of the second half was full of excitement. Ireland had to put pressure on their opponents to try and find an equalizer to ensure a place in the next round. They managed to do so in the 35th minute through Chris Cargo.

However, two minutes later, Liam Ansell gave the lead again to England thanks to a fantastic hit into the roof of the net. This was not enough to discourage the Green Machine who, just a few seconds later, equalized again with a beautiful drag-flick from Shane O’Donoghue from a penalty-corner. But England went immediately on the attack again and scored a third goal only one minute later with a superb deflection from James Gall.

Ireland nearly equalized again seconds before the end of the third quarter but Michael Darling missed the target. In the last minute of the game, England converted a penalty-corner for their fourth goal by Mark Gleghorne. That meant that England qualified for the cross-overs while Ireland were eliminated.

England’s Luke Taylor said: “Today we took our chances. That really helped us and that will give us confidence going forward. We’re not going to worry about anyone else. We’re going to go out there and play our game and do the best we can, really."