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Argentina easily defends Pan Am Junior crown
28 Feb 2005 07:44

8th Men's Pan American Junior Championships - Finals

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Day 1 Match Reports – part 1, part 2, part 3
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Day 10 Match Reports (Semi Finals) here

Reports by Graciela H. Ortiz, PAHF Media Officer

Argentina 7 defeated Chile 0
Goals: Argentina - Pedro Ibarra 25m 34m 53m, Tomás Argento 27m 70m, Lucas Vila 28m 68m

Argentina defended their men’s Pan American Junior title with an easy 7-0 win over Chile in the final in Cuba.

In a back and forth first half, with a high standard of hockey exhibited from both teams, Argentina took a 4-0 lead in the last 10 minutes of the opening period.

It was an excellent half as both teams produced dangerous attacks well saved by their respective defensive lines and goalkeepers.

Argentina got four penalty corners (against one from Chile), but failed to capitalize on the first two. On the third, Pedro Ibarra opened the scoring with a powerful drag flick for the 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.

From then on, Argentina was superior in precision and speed to net three more times before the break. In quick succession, Tomás Argento and Lucas Vila netted in the 27th and 28th minutes, both from solo plays, before Ibarra converted again a minute before half-time.

Argentina controlled play after half-time, while Chile continuously attacked but couldn’t break their opponent’s resistance.

The title holders answered with fast counter-attacks, reaching Chile's area with danger and then they increased the advantage to 5-0 from another powerful corner shot from Ibarra in the 53rd minute.

With one man less for each side - Tomás Alonso and Diego Villaseca were temporarily sent off in the 66th minute - Argentina sealed their solid victory with two more goals from Vila, in the 68th minute, and Argento in the 70th.

Third Place Playoff
Mexico 4 defeated United States 0
Goals: Mexico - Roberto García 7m, Jorge Gómez 11m 25m, Reyson Aguayo 15m

An opening burst of four goals in the firsat 25 minutes gave Mexico a comfortable 4-0 win over USA and qualify them for the Junior World Cup.

More was expected from USA, but Mexico dominated the first half to lead by their eventual winning margin at the break.

Mexico put in an excellent performance during the first 35 minutes. They showed accurate and clever play with few mistakes, while their forwards did not fail to score when presented with opportunities.

Mexico capitalised on almost all the options they created. In the seventh minute, captain Roberto García opened the score from a penalty corner, and four minutes later, striker Jorge Gómez put his team 2-0 ahead from a rush through the right wing.

In the 15th minute, Reyson Aguayo deflected a cross to net, while Gómez increased the gap to 4-0 in the 25th after deflecting a penalty corner.

Meanwhile, USA attacked looking for a goal, but they failed to produce clear penetrations and when they did, Mexico's defence and goalkeeper Alejandro Vargas stopped them in style.

USA attacked from the very beginning of the second half, but their advances were well intercepted by Mexico, who overcrowded the midfield and defensive sectors.

Mexico kept control of play until the final whistle, defending throughout the field and counter-attacking with two forwards, and sometimes only one, to take the deserved bronze medal.

Fifth-place playoff
Canada 2 defeated Cuba 1
Goals: Canada - Mark Pearson 27m, Jesse Virdi 52m; Cuba - Ramón Risquet 64m

In a close match, Canada defeated the hosts 2-1 to take fifth place.

Cuba fully dominated the first half, but Canada opened the scoring in the 27th minute through Mark Pearson.

Cuba kept the pace in the first 35 minutes, reaching the circle several times with danger, but a good performance by Canadian goalkeeper Patrick Mackey prevented the local side from scoring.

Canada reacted after half-time, pushing Cuba hard towards their backline. Meanwhile, the hosts answered with fast counter-attacks looking for the equaliser.

However, it was Canada again who increased the gap - in the 52nd minute - through Jesse Virdi, who capitalised on a penalty corner cross.

Cuba's efforts were finally rewarded in the 64th minute when Ramón Risquet netted, but the last six minutes were not enough to allow the home side to draw level.

Final standings
1. Argentina
2. Chile
3. Mexico
4. USA
5. Canada
6. Cuba
7. Barbados
8. Trinidad & Tobago
9. Jamaica
10. Puerto Rico
11. Venezuela

Best Player of the Tournament: Patrick Harris (USA)
Best Goalkeeper: Donovan Shakesperare (Jamaica)
Top Goal Scorer: Pedro Ibarra (18 goals)
Fair Play: Venezuela

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