JUNIOR WORLD CUP: AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND (U21 Women)
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
AUSTRALIA 1 (1)
Danielle Schubach 27 (F)
ENGLAND 1 (1)
Harriet Pearce 8 (PC)
England’s U21 women will finish higher than they have ever previously managed at a Junior World Cup after securing a top four position with an excellent draw against Australia tonight in a match that, for the most part, England controlled.
Craig Parnham’s team got off to a near perfect start when Clifton’s Harriet Pearce scored with a well taken drag flick from an eighth minute penalty corner, flicking hard and high to her the right, putting England in something of a position of control.
Like all Australian sports teams the Jillaroos rallied, knowing that Korea’s earlier 3-2 victory over India meant that they must beat England to finish in the top two in the pool. They netted their equaliser in the 27th minute as Danielle Schubach hit a well struck effort from just inside the English circle to draw level.
Half time came and went and as the second half wore on Australia became more desperate for the winning goal, leaving space for England to move forward. But despite the Australian pressure and the dangerous English counter attack goal scoring opportunities were few and far between in the second period.
Late on, there were some nervous moments for England as Australia pushed up the pitch but once again the resolute English defence stood firm to secure the point that puts them into the 1st-4th place playoffs on Friday for the first time ever.
Despite the late Australian pressure, Assistant Coach Martin Rodgers felt his side had the measure of their opponents: “I felt we controlled the majority of the game. Although we were pressed quite hard, we played around the Australians very well. It was very hot this afternoon and the girls worked their socks off, showing tremendous team spirit. To reach the semi finals is a fantastic achievement.”
As the first placed side in Pool E, England will play the second placed team in Pool F after tomorrow’s concluding second round matches. Pool F is wide open going into the last round of fixtures with Germany, Netherlands, China and Argentina all in contention for a top two finish in the group. The match is scheduled for 16:00 (local time, 21:00 BST) on Friday.
Prior to this summer’s competition, the England U21 women have finished 8th (Ottowa, 1989), 9th (Terrassa, 1993), 7th (Seongnam, 1997), 8th (Buenos Aires, 2001) and 9th (Santiago, 2005) and the previous five Junior World Cup tournaments.
ENGLAND SQUAD v AUSTRALIA
Sophie Bray (University of Birmingham)
Charlotte Craddock (Cannock)
Jenny Hall (Canterbury)
Sarah Haycroft (Surbiton)
Abigail (Abi) Harper (Leicester)
Gemma Ible (GK) (Clifton)
Philippa (Dilly) Newton (Clifton)
Harriet Pearce (Clifton)
Samantha (Sam) Quek (Bowdon Hightown) (c)
Georgie Twigg (Clifton)
Hollie Webb (Cannock)
Sara-Jo Coakley (Bowdon Hightown)
Kirsty Dawson (Poynton)
Loren Sherer (Durham University)
Susie Townsend (Canterbury)
Lauren Turner (Leicester)
Did Not Play
Madeleine (Maddie) Hinch (GK) (Loughborough Students)
Amy Turnbull (Loughborough Students)
England’s forthcoming fixtures are as follows:
Date - Competition - Opposition – Time
Friday 14 August – 1st – 4th Playoff – TBC (Ger/Ned/Chn/Arg) – 1600hrs (local)
RESULTS AND FIXTURES FROM 10 AUGUST 2009
Netherlands 7 (2) – 0 (0) South Africa
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