Partially Sighted reach Four Nations Tournament Final with win over Spain.
England 3-0 Spain
Four Nations Partially Sighted Tournament
4-6 June 2010
thePoint4, Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford
England qualified for the final of the Four Nations Partially Sighted tournament in stunning fashion with a comprehensive defeat of Spain.
Going into the game, England knew that only a win would be good enough to ensure progression through to the final against Republic Of Ireland.
England, who were without the injured Nick Thomas, started brightly but could not break the resilient Spanish defence and a tense first half concluded with no score despite England being the dominant force the longer the game progressed.
After the half time break, Graham Keeley’s side went ahead through captain Steve Daley and England continued to press forward, frustrating Spain who collected yellow cards for star player Luis Granizo and Alejandro Hervas.
The turning point of the game occurred in the 33rd minute with Hervas collecting a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Daley. England took full advantage of the extra man with Kevin Price doubling England’s lead with a long range strike in the 35th minute.
Spain’s frustration led to a long penalty for England which was missed by Kevin Gauden before Chris Holland converted a simple tap in following a sweeping move to seal an emphatic victory.
England go into Sunday’s Final seeking revenge against their Irish counterparts, following their opening day defeat.
In the day's other game Republic Of Ireland beat British Blind Sports, National Visually Impaired League team by 6-4.England:
Brendan Dix (GK), Danny Gauden, Kevin Gauden, Chris Holland, Jeremy Vernaeve, Steve Daley (c), Kevin Price, John McDougall & Tom Bailey (GK)Spain:
David Sanchez (GK), Sergio Gutierrez, Iván Jimenez, Luis Granizo, Javier López, Gil De Doblas, Alejandro Hervas, Jose Carlos Martinez, David López, Mario Barrientos (GK)