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EuroHockey Youth Nations Championship in Holland
Sunday, 17 July 2011
England U18 Girls, EuroHockey Youth Nations Championships
England U18 Girls 4 (1) - 1 (0) Ireland U18 Girls
Lily Owsley – 34 (F) Lucy McKee – 57 (F)
Hannah Martin – 39
45 (F, F)
Sophie Crosley – 58
ENGLAND Under-18 Girls secured third spot in the EuroHockey Youth Nations
Championship in Holland when they beat Ireland 4-1 in the bronze play-off
match on Sunday.
A strong display helped England secure victory while the Netherlands – who had
beaten England two-nil in the semi finals – went on to win the Championships
in convincing style with a 4-1 victory over Germany.
“The girls are delighted by this performance and result,” said Head Coach Martin
Rodgers. “The coaching team feel that we imposed our passing on a solid Irish
team for the majority of the time in the match.
“The girls have made extremely positive progress over the year, and considerable
credit goes to them all for that.”
It took England until the 34th minute to go ahead, Lily Owsley scoring with a
reverse stick shot just before the break.
And four minutes after play resumed England doubled their lead with Hannah
Martin scoring from close range from a rebound off the Irish goalkeeper.
She added her second – and England’s third – on 45 minutes when she made
a good break into the circle from the left and scored in the bottom right corner.
Ireland hit back through Lucy McKee on 57 minutes when she touched in the
ball at the right hand post, but England restored their three-goal lead just a
minute later when Sophie Crosley scored from the right at a penalty corner.