SA men’s hockey team beat Canada

2009-12-10 00:00

THE SA men’s hockey team, ranked 15th in the world, beat 11th-ranked Canada 4-1 after leading 1-0 at half-time in the second game of their Champions Challenge I campaign at the tournament taking place in Salta, Argentina.

This was a significant turnaround for SA after the disappointing 6-2 defeat by Argentina in their opening match.

Canada were dominating, but the dangerous counter-attacking skills of SA frontrunners Thornton McDade and Lloyd Norris-Jones was always a threat, the former rueing his miss when he had Canada goalkeeper Dave Carter to beat.

The Canadians blew a great chance when Dave Jameson hurried a chance from the penalty spot before he picked up a sin-bin yellow card for striking an opponent. This indiscretion saw the momentum swing SA’s way, but not before Gabbar Singh and Ranjeev Deol contrived to fluff a fine opportunity for Canada.

Undaunted, SA made use of the extra man five minutes before the break when Wade Paton collected the ball at left of the Canadian circle to pick a spot between the pads of Carter.

The South Africans again made the best of their one-man advantage at the re-start when Gareth Carr unloaded a thunderbolt with striker Ian Haley burying the penalty corner rebound off the keeper.

The Canadians were looking increasingly ragged and Justin Reid-Ross capitalised from another PC for 3-0. The North Americans didn’t do themselves any favours with two greens and three yellow cards ensuring they were always outnumbered by a man or two. Scott Tupper pulled one back but Carr reaffirmed the three-goal cushion for SA with another PC that wrapped up a satisfying match for the team ranked four places below their opponents.

SA next play Pakistan tonight night (SA time) in their last Pool B clash.

Other results: Argentina 3 Pakistan 1; India 4 China 1; New Zealand 4 Belgium 1;

Standings: Pool A: India and New Zealand 4 pts; Belgium 3 pts; China 0 pt. Pool B: Argentina 6 pts; South Africa 3 pts; Pakistan 3 pts; Canada 0 pts.

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