SAMSUNG CHAMPIONS TROPHY, WOMEN, SYDNEY
Saturday 11 July 2009
NETHERLANDS 2 (0)
Marilyn Agliotti 60 (F)
Maartje Paumen 70 (F)
ENGLAND 2 (1)
Katie Long 16 (F)
Alex Danson 46 (F)
In the opening match of the 2009 Women’s Champions Trophy, England drew 2-2 against the World’s No.1 side and reigning Olympic Gold Medallists after taking a 2-0 lead with a goal in each half from Katie Long and Alex Danson. Two goals in ten minutes set the record straight for the Netherlands and avoided an upset for the team in orange and white in the tournament which sees six of the top-ranked nations in the world battle for hockey’s most prestigious annual title.
England defended well against a number of early threats and took the lead in the 16th minute through 21-year-old Leicester forward Katie Long who picked up the ball in a crowded Dutch circle to score the first goal of the 2009 Women’s Champions Trophy.
The Netherlands pushed for the leveller but could not find an opening in the first half following some excellent saves from goalkeeper Beth Storry – who continued the fine form she experienced in Beijing in England’s first major tournament since last summer’s Olympic Games – and three missed opportunities from penalty corner specialist Maartje Paumen – who scored in every one of her country’s matches bar the final in Beijing.
The second half saw England double their lead through 24-year-old forward Alex Danson who deflected the ball into the back of the Dutch net in a crowded circle similar to the first goal. However, within 10 minutes, Holland had reduced the deficit through Marilyn Agliotti and then English hearts were broken as the devastatingly dangerous Maartje Paumen scored a drag-flick which was perfectly placed under the cross bar in overtime to save the draw for the Dutch.
Speaking after the match, captain Kate Walsh said “Having gone 2-0 up, to end 2-2 we’re a little disappointed, but obviously against the World and Olympic champions, it’s a result we would have taken before the match started.”
Head Coach Danny Kerry commented “We made some basic errors early in the game, failing to trap the ball cleanly and we looked nervous. We scored against the run of play and got better from there. We missed a good chance to go 3-0 up and soon after that we lost both full-backs for a period of time – Chloe Strong with an injury and then Kate Walsh – which gave the Dutch the momentum”.
ENGLAND TEAM (full caps on attached list)
Beth Storry (SCHC) [Goalkeeper]
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) [Defender]
Chloe Strong (Pinoke) [Defender]
Kate Walsh (SCHC) [Defender]
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) [Defender]
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) [Midfielder]
Helen Richardson (Den Bosch) [Midfielder]
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) [Midfielder]
Alex Danson (Klein Zwitserland) [Forward]
Katie Long (Leicester) [Forward]
Nicola White (Loughborough Students) [Forward]
Ashleigh Ball (Slough) [Midfielder]
Jo Ellis (Bowdon Hightown) [Forward]
Kerry Williams (Leicester) [Midfielder/Forward]
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students) [Defender]
Beckie Herbert (Kampong) [Forward]
DID NOT PLAY
Becky Duggan (Trojans) [Goalkeeper]
Gemma Darrington (Leicester) [Defender]
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