Search

England women cruise through quarter-final match

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:22 19 July 2017

England's women celebrate (Pic: Rodrigo Jaramillo

)

England's women celebrate (Pic: Rodrigo Jaramillo )

APURAFOTO - WSP

England 4 India 1

Hannah Martin in action for England's women (Pic: Rodrigo Jaramillo

)Hannah Martin in action for England's women (Pic: Rodrigo Jaramillo )

England cruised to a 4-1 win in their quarter-final match with India at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg.

Goals from Giselle Ansley, Alex Danson, Susannah Townsend and Hannah Martin sealed the convincing win as England booked their place in Thursday’s semi-finals.

England will face the USA at either 3:45pm or 6pm UK time, and in reaching the final four England have also secured qualification for the World League Finals to be held in New Zealand in November.

Straight from the start England looked to stamp their authority on the game pushing India deep into their half from the get go.

This soon resulted in a flurry of penalty corners and although these were not converted, at England’s fourth penalty corner they were awarded a penalty stroke.

Having missed earlier in the tournament, Ansley stepped up and made no mistake, pushing her effort inside the right hand post where she had missed against Poland.

England’s lead was soon extended. A fine flowing move down the right saw Susannah Townsend’s cross deflected into an Indian defender before Danson reacted quickest to spin and hammer home before the first break.

India responded in the second quarter showing some resilience after a tough opening.

They began to exert pressure on the England backline and struck the post from a well worked penalty corner but a goal before the break eluded them.

The third quarter was evenly contested between the sides with England happy to sit a little deeper with their two goal lead, however before the final break they grabbed a third goal in style.

Martin collected the ball on the right before starting a weaving run which sent Indian heads spinning, her cross through the circle fell to Townsend who turned home first time.

India did grab a consolation goal in the final fifteen minutes through Gurjit Kaur’s drag flick but England responded immediately to make it 4-1 as Martin passed into an empty net with India having elected for a kicking back.

England saw out the closing moments to ensure the win and progress to the semi-finals and book their place at the Hockey World League Finals in New Zealand later this year.

The team have lost their head coach Danny Kerry due to being unwell and she will miss the squad’s remaining matches at the Hockey World League Semi Final.

In Danny’s absence, assistant coach David Ralph guided the athletes to a 3-2 win over Ireland on Sunday then a 4-1 victory over India.

They now face USA in a semi final on Thursday, with Finals Day taking place on Sunday.

England starting XI: Maddie Hinch (GK), Giselle Ansley, Laura Unsworth, Hollie Webb, Anna Toman, Sarah Haycroft, Emily Defroand, Susannah Townsend, Nicola White, Alex Danson, Sophie Bray

Subs (Used): Shona McCallin, Zoe Shipperley, Grace Balsdon, Hannah Martin, Jo Hunter

Subs (Not used): Amy Tennant

Unavailable (Illness): Lily Owsley

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 17:21

Royal Ascot will take place behind closed doors this season, if it goes ahead as planned in June.

Yesterday, 16:00

How well do you know east London football or are you just a quiz master, why not put your knowledge to the test.

Yesterday, 15:13

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke says everyone involved in the game must “step up and share the pain” as talks between players and clubs over wage deferrals and cuts continue.

Yesterday, 14:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has revealed he is always looking at the youth team to hand them first-team opportunities, writes Jacob Ranson.

Yesterday, 11:39

The remainder of the London Youth Games 2020 season has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, 10:08

Wolves fans have been given a rare chance to cheer some success during the suspension of football after their club claimed the Ultimate QuaranTeam prize.

Yesterday, 09:00

Essex cricketers joined the fight against coronavirus by preparing 1,000 hot meals for NHS staff on Monday.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Festival organisers AEG Presents will once again be providing a variety of exciting opportunities for young people at this year’s event

Looking to rent in London? Securing the keys to a new home in any big city can be an ordeal but there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls of London rentals - dodgy landlords, dubious décor and downright dicey security.

Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser