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Youngsters off to winning start

Our Under-21 girls have got their Junior World Cup challenge off to a winning start in Boston, USA.

Playing at Harvard University on yet another hot and humid day, the youngsters accounted for Lithuania 3-1 in their first match of the tournament.

Nerves were high and the girls went down 1-0 in the first 10 minutes. This despite Hanli Hattingh saving  the initial shots before the ball was scrambled over the line.

To their credit the girls kept their heads with Loreen Irvine driving into the circle, before passing to Catherine McNulty who one-timed it into the back of the box. SA dominated the rest of the half but the teams went into the break all square.

South Africa conceded ground again when Lithuania scoring after a second consecutive penalty corner.

Again SA fought back but were just not able to put the ball in the net until the last eight minutes when Candice Manual won a short corner. A well practised short corner, executed to perfection lead to a low drag from Louise Coertzen to Nicolene Terblanche who did well to get and deflect the ball into the net. Terblanche had also scored in a warm-up game against Chile.

The second goal acted as a catalyst for the vital last minutes. The winning goal came in the final two minutes through brilliant build-up play Manual slapping home after an initial shot by Kelly Madsen.

South Africa will now be on the front foot for their remaining Pool B games against Germany and Argentina.