Herbert to the double

Two goals from Leicester forward Beckie Herbert were matched by two from Korea’s Kim Da-Rae as England and Korea shared the spoils on day two of the Rabo Champions Trophy in Amstelveen.

Rebecca Herbert celebrates scoring a goal for England against Korea at the Rabo Champions Trophy 2011

After a bright opening spell, Herbert finished cleverly on the run with a flick high into the goal in the 22nd minute and England led at the break, in part due to the goalkeeping of Maddie Hinch, who made her senior tournament debut.  Early in the second half, Kim Da-Rae was on hand at the back post to convert Korea’s equaliser after a pass across the face of goal and the 24 year old doubled her tally to put Korea ahead with a scrappy goal ten minutes from time. 

England were not out of contention though and the ingenuity of Reading midfielder Helen Richardson set up Herbert for the equaliser as she skipped a challenge before forcing a save from the goalkeeper Moon Young-Hui.  The ball rebounded off the chest of the goalkeeper to the penalty spot where Herbert was standing and she made no mistake to lash it back into the goal for 2-2.

There was a late moment of drama as Korea looked to have scored with 90 seconds remaining but umpire Kelly Hudson referred her own decision up to the video umpire after the ball appeared to have run off the back line before the goal.  It proved the correct decision and the goal was not given.  And in the dying second at the other end, Herbert thought she might seal her hat-trick with a dramatic late winner of her own but the outstretched foot of the goalkeeper kept her effort out and the match finished 2-2.

Head Coach Danny Kerry was pleased with the response of his side following Saturday’s defeat to Argentina.  He said: “We were dominant in the first half and Maddie made a good save from their penalty corner in the last minute of the half from what was Korea’s only real opportunity.  We lost our way slightly for ten minutes in the second half but we showed good character to get back to 2-2 and had a good chance to win it in the last minute.”

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