KAZ V THA ( Pool ) 2016 Women Hockey World League Round 1 - Singapore (SIN)

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Match Review KAZ - THA 1-3

Report from Singapore Hockey Federation

Super Sanpoung snatches crucial qualification win for Thailand

Thailand's Kornkanouk Sanpoung proved to be the heroine for her country as she scored two late goals to sink rivals Kazakhstan 3-1 in Friday's (15 April) early evening game at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium in Singapore.

Both team were evenly matched in terms of attack and defence – whatever that Kazakhstan could do in terms of creating goalscoring chances and regaining possession, Thailand was able to do as well.

Thailand constantly pressed their opponents and created plenty of chances in the first half, their best being a 14th minute opportunity after captain Tikhamporn Sakunphitak picked up a long ball from the right but failed to shoot it past Kazakh goalie Guzak Bakhavaddin.

Kazakhstan – who were looking to bounce back after their penalty loss to Hong Kong SAR - stuck with the regular attacking pair of Olga Khonina and Vera Domashneva. The two attackers were ably supported by their midfield colleagues in winning back possession of the ball from the Thais.

Unsurprisingly, it was the Central Asians who drew first blood as they exposed the Thai defence in the 16th minute to allow an unmarked Natalya Sazontova to finish past reserve keeper Siriya Yimkrajang.

However, Thailand responded almost immediately before a water break in the 17th minute mark as the attackers surged forward into the D, allowing Kanyanut Nakpolkrung to pop up to level the score with a well taken shot.

It was business as usual for both sides after the short three minute break. Domashneva posed a constant threat on the right side of the field and got into a good goalscoring opportunity just two minutes before the end of the first half, but the Thai defence was able to anticipate her moves.

The tireless Sakunphitak also made a good run into the Kazakh half in the 30th minute and displayed good stickwork to hold up the ball for her teammates, although nothing came out of that chance as the ball was won back by the Kazakhs.

Kazakhstan got to a good start in the second half with two penalty corners in the 38th and 39th minutes, but no player from the Kazakh team were able to poke the ball in the ensuing scramble after Sazontova's powerful sweeps.

They also unlucky to not have scored from another penalty corner in the 49th minute of the match, as keeper Yimkrajang bravely challenged for the ball and also prevented Olga Khonina from scoring from the resulting long corner.

Sakunphitak continued showed good stickwork in the 45th minute with a good interception from an overhead ball in midfield to run into the Kazakh D to pass to Nakpolkrung, but the Thai number 4 was unable to find any decent space to shoot.

As the game inched closer to the end of normal time, Kazakhstan became more sloppy in their defence conceded several penalty corners, including two penalty corners in the 65th and 66th minute. For the latter penalty corner, the Kazakhs were fortunate for Alissa Chepkassova to have cleared Sirikwan Wongkeaw's shot off the line.

However, there would be a point in the match where Kazakhstan's luck would finally run out, and that came in the 66th minute when Thailand's Kornkanouk Sanpoung fired her side ahead after converting a well-taken penalty corner.

Sanpoung made sure of Thailand's victory with with a brilliant field goal two minutes later to take her side to 15 points in the women's pool and to secure at least the second qualification place to the next round.

Thailand maintained their unbeaten run in this tournament and they will have the luxury of resting tired legs in their last match against Hong Kong SAR on Sunday (17 April). Kazakhstan, however, will now have to beat host nation Singapore in order to stand any chance of qualifying for the next round.


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
KAZ 16 4 SAZONTOVA Natalya FG 1 - 0
THA 17 4 NAKPOLKRUNG Kanyanut FG 1 - 1
THA 67 17 SANPOUNG Kornkanok PC 1 - 2
THA 69 17 SANPOUNG Kornkanok FG 1 - 3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
THA 13 2 KHUIKLANG Praphatson G
THA 47 2 KHUIKLANG Praphatson G


Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
2 KHUIKLANG Praphatson 2
3 LOSAKUL Salocha
4 NAKPOLKRUNG Kanyanut 1
5 WONGKEAW Sirikwan
7 SAKUNPITHAK Tikhamporn
9 SUKSIN Khwanchanok
10 TONGKHAM Thanaporn
11 SAUBSING Ruenrudee
12 WATCHAROEN Ornpanee
13 SAMANSO Supansa
16 PIRESRAM Anongnat
17 SANPOUNG Kornkanok 2
24 BOONMEE Jongjit
  Head Coach BAE Young Wook
  Stand-In Manager SITTIWUTHI Saowanee
  Physiotherapist CHOTITAMARATH Phirath

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 ARIFFIN Miskarmalia
Umpire 2 TANG Shi Him
Reserve Umpire CARROLL Emily
Judge 1 AUNG Zarni
Judge 2 LIU Zhipeng
Technical Officer TAN Bernetta
  • Match 17
  • Date Fri, 15 Apr 2016
  • Time 17:30
  • Pool/Class Pool
  • Venue Pitch 2

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