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Second loss means SA take on Malaysia
- Updated: November 28, 2012
Our men’s hockey team were beaten 3-1 by Ireland in their final Pool B match at the Champions Challenge tournament in Quilmes, Argentina on Tuesday night, reports Jon Cook.
The defeat means SA, the most inexperienced team at the tournament and missing nine London 2012 Olympians, finish the preliminary round at the bottom of the log and will be taking on Pool A winners Malaysia in Thursday’s quarter-final.
Ireland’s goalscorers were Andrew McConnell in the first half and John Jermyn and Conor Harte after the changeover, while SA forward Miguel da Graca’s 13th-minute strike ensured the half-time score was 1-1.
SA started the tournament with a 4-4 draw against Japan after leading 4-1 with a quarter of the match to go, and then went down 2-1 to Argentina.
Ireland will play Poland in their quarter-final clash.
Poland caused a major upset in beating tournament favourites South Korea 5-4 and Malaysia kept their 100% win record intact with a 4-2 win over Canada.
Malaysia’s head coach, Paul Revington, was the coach of the SA team at Athens 2004, a team that included current SA coach Gregg Clark.