World No. 15 South Africa defeated World No.17 Italy (2-1) on day two of the FIH Women‘s Finals Series in Valencia.
South Africa rode on goals through Bianca Wood (30th min) and Dirkie Chamberlain (42nd min). Both of the goals were scored through field goals.
Eugenia Bianchi (52nd min) was the lone scorer for Italy who scored through a penalty corner.
In the opening match of the tournament, Italy had a dominant 7-0 win over Thailand, while South Africa played a 2-2 draw against world no. 27 Wales.
Analysing her team‘s performance, goal scorer Dirkie Chamberlain said she is happy with the way the team played but has to keep her focus intact for the next match.
“It is great to have people with experience in our squad, The young players bring energy but players like Celia – who has returned from a long term injury – are really important to the squad.”said Dirkie
“We now need to think about staying mentally focused, keeping the ball more and probably slowing it down a little. We will be firing and full of energy when we come out against Thailand.”Dirkie said.
Wales has topped Pool B on goal difference, with South Africa are in the second place, Italy third and Thailand in fourth.
Action continues on Friday, June 21st. Here‘s how the teams will play out.
17:00 Canada v Namibia (Pool A)
19:00 Belarus v Spain (Pool A)