England undone by Dutch

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Investec Challenge, Cape Town, South Africa

NETHERLANDS 4 (2)
Kitty Van Male 24 (F)  
Maartje Paumen 27,38 (PC, PC)  
Roos Drost 39 (F)  
  
ENGLAND 1 (1)
Sophie Bray 4 (F)  

After a promising start to their second match of the Investec Challenge in Cape Town, England were beaten 4-1 by the Olympic Champions the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon. Sophie Bray got England off to the best possible start against the Dutch with an excellent early goal but following a controversially disallowed second English strike, the girls in orange showed their class as goals from Kitty Van Male and Roos Drost sandwiched a penalty corner double from Netherlands’ captain Maartje Paumen.

Team leader Karen Brown admitted afterwards that the Dutch outshone England, saying: “They [the Netherlands] were better than us and at times we were hanging on a bit, particularly in the second half. There was a ten or 15 minute spell after half time where the Dutch were definitely on top and we struggled to regain a foothold.”

Bowdon Hightown goalkeeper Kirsty Mackay was handed her first start for England in the match. The 26 year old had previously made four appearances for Great Britain and has spent part of the past two years recovering from a back injury. Reading defender Sam Quek returned to the side having sat out Monday’s defeat to South Africa with a facial injury.

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