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Barbados settle for hockey silver

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Barbados settle for hockey silver

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BARBADOS had to settle for second place after losing 6-1 in the United States in the finals of the FIH Hockey World League Round 1 Tournament in Salamanca, Mexico on Sunday.

The Barbadians conceded their first goal just five minutes after touch-off, when Paul Singh scored from open play for United States. Three minutes later in the 8th minute, captain William Holt scored the first of his hat trick, to give his team a 2-0 lead.

Barbados could not stem the flow of the goals, as Manny Martinez netted the United States’ third goal in the 13th. Holt stepped up again, showing his ability this time from penalty corners by scoring the USA’s next two goals in the 20th and 42nd minutes to give the Americans a commanding 5-0 lead.

The United States scored their final goal in the 46th and shortly after the restart, Barbados got a consolation goal when they were awarded a penalty stroke in the 48th minute, which was comfortably taken and scored by national team veteran Neil Franklin.

Barbados will miss out on automatic qualification for the FIH’s Hockey World League Round 2, scheduled for March 2017 in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Only the gold medal winner United States are guaranteed qualification.

Barbados had reached the final by beating host country Mexico 2-1 with Akeem Rudder and Neil Franklin scoring two goals from penalty corners in the 28th and 34th minutes respectively, in reply to Reymundo Lemus’ opening goal for Mexico in the 13th minute. (EZS)