Battling England U18 girls lose to Dutch

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England Under-18 girls provided a stern test for a strong Netherlands side in the Easter Four Nations Tournament at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire on Easter Saturday, defending capably for the majority of the match, but they still went down 2-0.

Firebrands keeper Rebecca Garner put in a superb display in the goal, pulling off a string of fantastic saves to keep England in the game.

But despite the many positives to be taken from the game, the Dutch did find a way through to score two second half goals and take victory.

The first half saw few chances, largely due to the well organised defences limiting opportunities for both sides.

The second half was more open and it was on 41 minutes when the Netherlands struck with a shot from a penalty corner.

But England were still very much in the game and managed to put a few good passages of play together, carving out a few chances for the forwards.

Then, with one minute remaining, the Dutch finally got their second after Garner had kept them at bay on several occasions.

Head coach Andy Bradshaw said: “I was very pleased with the defensive attitude of the team, especially when under a lot of pressure from a very good side.

“They put in a very hard shift to get to the last minute of the game having only conceded one goal. A special mention must go to Rebecca Garner who kept us in the match at times.

“The plan is to defend like we did today and then try to show the same composure going forward. When we win the ball, we don’t want to be turning it straight back over, we need to play out and make more chances, more so than we did today.

“We’ll go into the game against Germany looking for a good result and then have another crack at the Netherlands on Monday.”

* Click here for details of England Under-18 Girls in the Easter Four Nations Tournament