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Hockey - 11. June 2007.

KOREA v ENGLAND, ATA HOLDING CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE

 

Sunday, 10 June 2007

 

KOREA

4

(3)

-

1

(1)

ENGLAND

Hye Jin Seo 10 (F)

 

 

 

 

 

Crista Cullen 9 (F)

Jung Hee Kim 12 (F)

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Walsh 70 (PC)

Eun Sil Kim 30 (PC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seul Ki Cheon 67 (PC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England’s last three encounters against Korea have all ended in victory but they came unstuck earlier today losing out 4-2 in a pulsating showdown in their second game of their Champions Challenge campaign, which, in the opposite of yesterday left head coach Danny Kerry pleased with the performance, but not the scoreline.

 

The game started brightly with three goals in the opening 12 minutes.  Crista Cullen took the lead for England when she finished off an excellent passing move which she had started on her own 25, smashing the ball into the top of the net to put England 1-0 up after just nine minutes.  The lead was short lived however and Korea equalised a minute later through Hye Jin Seo who scored from a fast counter attack which left England exposed at the back and gave Roberts no chance.  England went behind two minutes later with another counter attack from Korea’s fast forwards. 

 

England played more patiently than yesterday and enjoyed more possession as Korea adopted a half court defence.   Canterbury’s Hayley Brown had a shot well blocked by the Korean goalkeeper Ju Yong Lim on 17 minutes, but Korea’s lethal counter attack play caused constant problems and on 22 minutes, Cullen was on hand to make a superb block in the circle.

 

Korea went further ahead on 30 minutes from a well worked penalty corner which Eun Sil Kim deflected home.

 

England took the game to Korea in the second half and created the better opportunities in the first 10 minutes.  Crista Cullen failed to convert a penalty corner when she couldn’t quite get hold of her attempted drag flick and on 52 minutes, Ipswich’s Jo Ellis hit a ferocious high shot towards the goal, but the Koreans dealt with it well and cleared the ball.

 

England came under increasing pressure as Korea pressed forward looking for their fourth goal and on 58 minutes earned another penalty corner which Eun Sil Kim put wide of the post.

 

On 65 minutes, England came close to scoring after a move which involved 10 passes to get them in front of goal but the resulting shot was brilliantly saved by the Korean ‘keeper.  England won a Penalty Corner but the move broke down allowing Korea to move up field and take a shot at goal themselves.

 

Korea killed the game off in the 67th minute when they scored against the run of play from a penalty corner with a drag flick which Katy Roberts got a glove to but failed to keep out of the net. 

 

Captain Kate Walsh scored a consolation goal for England in the last minute with a low drag flick underneath the goalkeeper.

 

Head Coach Danny Kerry said “It is somewhat ironic that our level of performance was much better today yet we lost.  An excellent goal to take the lead was squandered by two kamikaze errors to give Korea the lead.  From that point on, Korea played counter attacking hockey from deep and it provided an excellent opportunity for us to practice against this defence against a quality side like Korea”.

 

Tomorrow sees a rest day for all teams with England taking on the USA on Tuesday at 11.45am BST.

 

Current Table

 

 

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

Korea

2

2

0

0

6

2

4

6

China

1

1

0

0

2

0

2

3

England

2

1

0

1

4

4

0

3

New Zealand

1

0

0

1

0

1

-1

0

Azerbaijan

1

0

0

1

0

2

-2

0

 

ATA HOLDING WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE

England Team Selection

 

Y =       Player started match,

SUB = Player was involved in the match but did not start

DNP = Player Did Not Play

 

No

Name

Club

Age

vs New Zealand

vs Korea

vs USA

vs Azerbaijan

vs China

vs (TBC)

1

Katy Roberts (GK)

Chelmsford

29

DNP

Y

 

 

 

 

3

Lisa Wooding

Chelmsford

27

Y

DNP

 

 

 

 

5

Crista Cullen

Leicester

21

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

6

Mel Clewlow

Canterbury

31

Y

SUB

 

 

 

 

8

Helen Richardson

Leicester

25

SUB

Y

 

 

 

 

9

Jo Ellis

Ipswich

25

Y

Y

 

 

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