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Waterpolo - 12. July 2009.

England thrash Slovakia to set up LEN Final

Great Britain 19-7 Slovakia

Great Britain eased past Slovakia 19-7 to set up a mouth-watering final clash with the Czech Republic.


Great Britain eased past Slovakia 19-7 to set up a mouth-watering final clash with the Czech Republic.


Impressive shooting from Angela Winstanley-Smith, who scored seven goals, and Chloe Wilcox, who scored five, helped Britain on their way.


The match, a foregone conclusion for some of the audience, started well for the host nation as Winstanley-Smith, Francesca Clayton, Wilcox and Frances Leighton put them into a comfortable 4-0 lead.


Eva Hajkova pulled one goal back but the damage had already been done and Britain dominated the match.


Slovakia did have their share of chances but, in the first half, keeper Rosemary Morris put on a sensational display to keep them at bay.


Wilcox completed her hat-trick early on in the second quarter before Fiona McCann got involved in the action at both ends.


After making a mistake and giving Slovak captain Michaela Migrova an easy opportunity to pull one goal back, she immediately went on the attack and made amends by scoring one of her own.


Britain went into half time 7-3 up as Martina Kunikova scored late on in the half but the third quarter belonged to the home side.


Goals from Winstanley-Smith (3), Wilcox, Hazel Musgrove and Hannah Wild put the game beyond doubt as Britain led by 13 goals to three with just eight minutes remaining.


Slovakia tried in vain to make the score more respectable and, although they scored four goals in the last quarter, Britain got six.


In the end, nine British players got themselves on the scoreboard as Rachel Drabble and captain Rosalind Grffiths added their name to the list.


On the match keeper Morris said: “It was an interesting game in that they didn’t really set up that much, just a lot of long range shots, after we beat them before I don’t think they really wanted to play that much.


“They were mostly long shots but I played well.  My coach still picked on the three goals that I let in though,” she said on her impressive performance.


With regards to the final, Morris, like most of her team mates, is excited: “I can’t wait!  I have never played the Czech Republic before so it will be interesting to play them.  They are in with a good chance of winning if they play well.”


“We will be watching videos, like we have been all throughout the week so we will be prepared,” she added.




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