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FIVB World Championships 2006 / England - men

2006 Men's World Championship / First Round
Sheffield, England
13-15 January 2005

Match Descriptive

England beat Northern Ireland 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-10) - duration 0:59
13-Jan, start time: 14:07, end time: 15:06 - Attendance: 293
City: Sheffield; Hall : English Institute of Sport

England launched the qualification for the 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan with a straights sets 25-13 25-16 25-10 win over Northern Ireland at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, Thursday.

The young Irish side could not handle the hitting power of Matt Jones and Danny Weemes who paved the way for the England victory with some accurate hitting.
England now face Scotland on Saturday knowing that another win will put them into the next round in the Czech Republic in May.

The host team had their opponents on the ropes in the opening set as they established a 7-1 lead around Jones' jump-serving which put pressure on the Irish first pass.
There was a brief glimmer of light for the Irish when setter Tom Napier produced a strong block on the influential Jones in the opening set but the team made too many errors on serving and hitting.

Northern Ireland led at the start of the second set 4-3 but a serving error from captain Nick Wright handed service back to England and it was the last time they held the lead in the match.

Ireland were in touch at 13-17 but Weemes again demonstrated his power with another strong hit to take the next point and keep England in control.

England brought on local teenager Ben Pipes, who had sat an "A" level exam on the morning of the match, for the final two sets and he set with maturity.

Northern Ireland saved one set point when Weemes served into the net but England closed the set 25-16.

Jones, who plays with Marseilles and was returning to the national side after an absence of two-and-a-half years, put England in command in the final set as they scored six unanswered points on his service to lead 8-1.

Northern Ireland put up spirited resistance in the closing points but finally went down in the final set 25-10.


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