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Men win 4-0 in Zim
- Updated: September 6, 2011
Our men’s hockey side beat Ghana 4-0┬á in the Africa Cup Olympic Qualifier tournament at Khumalo Hockey Stadium in Bulawayo on Monday.
Very physical, the Ghanaians weren’t standing back and Gareth Carr’s first penalty corner was matched by Joe Appiah’s deflection that SA keeper Brendon Botes did well to save.
SA broke the deadlock in the 16th minute when Lance Louw fed Southern Gauteng team-mate Ricky West who in turn passed to his provincial captain Da Graca, and Western Province’s Ian Haley finished clinically.
Ghana were quick out of the blocks but were left to regret their haste in execution as several promising moves came to naught.
Nearing the end of the first half. Haley got in a shot from 20-year-old Southern Gauteng midfielder Clint Panther’s set-up and soon after, Panther was brought down heavily for Andrew Cronje to convert the penalty stroke. Da Graca then made it 3-0 following a well-worked dummy move at penalty corner time.
SA survived some tricky moments in the early second half as Australian umpire Adam Kearns did not take kindly to what he deemed were illegal tackles and Tim Drummond was called on to turn away off his goalline from Ghana’s second consecutive penalty corner.
The game became overtly physical┬á as the Ghanaians fought tigerishly to reduce the deficit, while everyone was left perplexed that Drummond did not deserve a penalty stroke award fro┬á Kenyan umpire Tony Fernandez after he was hacked down in the strike zone. Justice was served when Haley finished with deadly accuracy to give SA a welcome four-goal cushion.
Tuesday is a rest day before the SA men meet tournament co-favourites Egypt on Wednesday. The SA women face Zimbabwe on Thursday.
Other results ÔÇô Men: Egypt 16 Morocco 1. Women: Kenya 2 Zimbabwe 0.