Late Korea strike ends bronze dream

Youth Olympic Games: Ireland 2 (Chloe Brown, Joanne Orr) Korea 3 (Lee Yuri 2, Kim Sol)
For a second time this week, Ireland were denied a Youth Olympic draw in the dying moments, losing out to Korea 3-2 to a last minute Kim Sol corner at the SengKang stadium in Singapore.

It means they will now contest the fifth place playoff with South Africa – whom they also meet in the final group game this weekend.

Ireland started off well creating a couple of opportunities, winning three penalty corners, but they fell behind in the 11th minute to a Lee Yuri corner strike to the bottom left corner.

They responded perfectly though to the double-blow of losing Roisin Upton to injury soon after when Chloe Brown – with one of her first touches as a 10th minute sub – got the greens back on terms within seconds, scoring with a strong hit off her back foot.

And they went ahead in the 16th minute when Katie Mullan banged the post and Joanne Orr followed up to make it 2-1.
Korea replaced their goalkeeper in the aftermath and secured parity a few minutes before the break Lee hit home her second penalty corner of the day.

The second half proved a much tigher affair, though the Asian side made a concerted late push, earning six corners in the last five minutes. And they finally scored when a blocked first phase fell Kim Sol’s second effort snatched the winning goal with a minute to go.

Earlier in the half, Emily Beatty’s shot beat the goalkeeper but had not power to finally cross the line with the best of the Irish chcnces.

Speaking afterwards, coach Dave Passmore was devastated for the players: “This young team gave everything today, and I feel so sorry for them, hockey at this level is hard place to be, they can hold their heads up high and now work to win their last two matches and clinch 5th place.”

Ireland will play South Africa on Sunday at 1pm (Irish time) in their final group game.

Ireland: Jenna Holmes, Rebecca Barry, Emily Beatty, Amy Cooke, Leah Ewart (c), Kerri McDonald, Antonia McGrath, Lucy McKee, Joanne Orr, Roisin Upton, Amy-Kate Trevor

Subs: Chloe Brown, Lisa McCarthy, Katherine Morris, Kathryn Mullan

Standings: 1. Netherlands 10pts (+16) 2. Argentina 10pts (+13) 3. New Zealand 9pts (+5) 4. Korea 6pts (-1) 5. Ireland 0pts (-7) 6. South Africa 0pts (-26)

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