match 3 - fremantle mariners v china

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The Mariner’s second game of the tournament saw them take on the second of the Asian opponents in this year ‘s Tom Hoad Cup, China.

Coming off the back of a comfortable 15-8 win against Japan, the Mariners were eager to find that scoring touch early on, whilst China, they were playing their first game of their Tom Hoad Cup campaign.

From the first whistle the game developed a fast pace and it wasn’t long before either side was testing each other’s goalkeeper.

But it was the Mariners, who broke the deadlock, after a Joel Swift latched on to a nice passing movement to finish past Chinese Goalkeeper Wu Honghi,

The Chinese got their first goal thanks to an exclusion to Sam Quinn and the extra man saw Zhang Jian level things at 1-1.

The fast pace then took its toll as the ball was coughed up cheaply by both sides before Aaron Young was fouled and awarded a penalty.

He stepped up and smashed a right-handed effort into the back of the net. Giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead.

From the restart, China found the net through a long-range strike courtesy of Zhang Chufeng to restore parity at 2-2.

And it was a case of déjà vu right before the end of the first period, both teams scoring giving spectators a 3-3 score line going into the first break.

First action of the second period saw Aaron Younger grab his 3rd for the match, smashing the Mariners into a 4-3 lead and with that strike, they kept their opponents scoreless all the way to the major break, going in to half time 6 goals to 4.

However like most Tom Hoad Cup games this year, the match is never over 2 periods in, and China pulled one back right from the restart, giving them hope at 6-5.

But the fairytale wasn’t to be in the third quarter as China slumped to three unanswered Mariners goals, seeing the score at the final break 8-6 in favour of the home team.

The game’s final quarter only heaped more misery onto the Chinese and praise for the Mariners as the locals smashed in another 3 unanswered goals to

The last chance of the game fell to Lu Wenhui, but his tame effort was comfortable for Slade – Meaning it wasn’t meant to be for the visitors, as the Mariners win 11-7, grabbing their second victory of the day and tournament, taking them to the summit of the table for the time being.

Whilst China, they will look for more positive result in their next fixture against Japan.

KARL TRAVAGLINI

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