The 2-0 score line reflected fairly upon the SPAR SA ladies as they ran out deserved winners on Wednesday against Ireland in the SPAR Hockey Festival at the University of Stellenbosch Hockey Complex.
The first half was a closely contested affair, with both teams defending tightly and offering little in the way of goal scoring opportunities to their opponents.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 25th min of the first half, when Tarryn Bright put the home side ahead after a well executed penalty corner.
The second half again saw the South Africans controlling the game, something they have been accustomed to in the previous two test matches.
Yesterday however saw a more mature performance from the SA ladies, as they closed off the game without the defences lapses which have plagued some of their previous games.
The SPAR SA ladies doubled their lead in the 46th min, when another penalty corner was converted by Cindy Brown.
Ireland’s only real chance came in the 53rd min of the game but agile work, from the ever consistent Mariette Rix in the South African goal box, saw the attach snuffed out with a superb double save.
The SPAR SA ladies will be more content with the performance tonight, their third consecutive test win and undoubtedly be happy that they managed to keep a clean sheet.
The inspiring performance by team captain Marsha Marescia, was a delight to watch and she led her team with the elegance and poise we have become accustomed to seeing from her.
The University of Stellenbosch plays host tomorrow night to the game between Canada and Ireland and then the SPAR SA ladies are set to meet Canada on Friday at 19:00 in what promises to be a hotly contested affair.