IMHA World Cup - Barcelona 050s Men Progress to Semi Finals

England Masters Over 50s Men

Match 4 – Wed 1 August vs Ireland

England Mens O50s progressed to the semi-finals with a comprehensive win over rivals Ireland. The Irish had a disadvantage of playing the previous evening in their pool and looked tired. However, England were taking no chances and were not going to let their standards slip.

An early goal from Rob Hill settled the nerves with a good drag flick. As the team entered the second quarter they were looking to finish of the game and a lovely cross allowed David Stokes to pop up in a pre-determined place to deflect the ball in at the right hand post. Mike Gillett then capitalised on a broken down PC to drag a ball in from a left slip to fire hard into the net. The first half scoring was completed when Luke Watson progressed forward from midfield and in open space on the right hand side of the D fired in a shot across the keeper. Four nil at half time and under control.

Due to the intense heat the players conserved their energy and knocked the ball around nicely for the third quarter with the Irish defence absorbing a lot of pressure. Tim Wood stratche dthe lead with a hard shot. There was then a moment of concern as Mike Gillett took a tumble and after a stoppage of play during which time he was patched up on the pitch by both the coach with great help from the Irish physio.

Play then continued and Neil Pendle completed the scoring with a hard shot from the right hand side of the D. The game ended with both teams suffering from the heat at 6 nil. Another good clean sheet from the England defence.

England now play Australia in the semi-finals on Friday with the other half of the draw having Germany and Holland battling for honours.

The injured players should be match fit for the next game

Squad

Plastow, Stoneley, Spooner, Hill, Stokes, Gillett, Von Der Hyde, Camilleri, Phillips, Cooper, Langley, Jones, Watson, Longden, Pendle, Nash, Miller

Manager – Tim Ollerenshaw

Coach – John Dixon