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Canadians pick up first win of the tournament
Malaysia find late consolation before Sunday's clash
Saturday, 19 October 2013
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Kristine Wishart 19’ (PC)
Thea Culley 25’ (F)
Amanda Woodcroft 29’ (F)
Abigail Raye 34’ (PC)
Nadia Abdul Rahman 37’ (F)
Canada took their first win of the International Super Series to open Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day on Saturday against Malaysia. The 4-1 result will give the Canadian women confidence ahead of the re-match in the playoff for third place tomorrow.
Keeping their powder dry for tomorrow, both teams had trouble stringing together meaningful movements down the field.
The Malaysians were having a difficult time working through the puzzle that was the Canadian press. On the other side of the ball, Canada’s territorial advantage did not translate to shots on goal.
A long corner followed by a penalty corner to Malaysia presented Amarina with their best chance of the first half but the shot went high.
As time ticked down on the shot and game clocks before half time, Kristine Wishart brought the ball in from the penalty corner, camped herself at the post and swept home Canada’s first, a play that has worked so well this week.
Canada persisted and got reward for effort in the second half. Thea Culley scored in the 25th minute when she cut through the circle to the right, opened up the angle and hammered home on the run.
In a sweeping movement to the left, Abigail Raye blasted towards the goal mouth where Amanda Woodcroft navigated the ball through. Provider turned scorer five minutes later when the Canadians tried to replicate the move that got them Wishart’s first but from the initial save, Raye tomahawked a goal to give Canada confirmation of the win.
Malaysia’s Nadia Abdul Rahman ensured her team didn’t leave empty handed with a consolation score in traffic during a goal-mouth wrestle.
Canada’s Australian Head Coach Ian Rutledge said, “We’ve got a young team and we’re coming together nicely. But today’s scoreline is really irrelevant. We have the Hockeyroos in two test matches so it’s important that we work on things that will help us with that.”
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