SA suffer second defeat to Argentina in five-match hockey Test series

2013-12-13 00:00

PEDRO Ibarra’s goal with just over 17 minutes left in the match was enough to give Argentina a 1-0 win against South Africa in the second hockey Test at Kearsney College yesterday.

This followed Argentina’s 4-2 win on Wednesday night at Riverside Hockey Club in Durban North.

The match yesterday started with both sides attacking and looking for the early goal but, as the half went on, it was the visitors who had more of the play and found themselves going forward with a purpose. Numerous short corners were kept at bay and South Africa were fortunate to find themselves still in the game at half time, the scoreboard reading 0-0.

When South Africa did get into a scoring position, Argentinian ’keeper Juan Vivaldi was up to the task, parrying strikes from Wade and Taine Paton.

SA coach Charlie Pereira said at the break: “We are lucky to still be in the game and need to play with more purpose going forward.”

The trend continued in the second half and South Africa were finally awarded their first short corner of the series — they got nothing in the first game — 12 minutes into the second half. Wade Paton again had a shot saved and the Argentinians piled on the pressure to finally find the back of the net.

As the clock wound down, the South Africans did well to keep the score at 1-0, after numerous goalmouth scrambles saw them somehow clear the ball.

The win sees the visitors take a strong 2-0 lead in the five-match series and Pereira knew there was plenty of work to do ahead of the next clash tomorrow at 3 pm, at Queensmead in Durban.

“I would rather take the 4-2 loss than the result of this game. At least we scored then,” he said. “We never applied enough pressure when it counted and all we can do is try and turn things around.”

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