England bounce back against Belgium

England U21 v Belgium, July 28 2013, by Frank Uijlenbroek - 450

ENGLAND Under-21 woman notched up their first win of the ERGO Junior World Cup in Germany with an emphatic 8-1 demolition of Belgium in Monchengladbach on Sunday afternoon.

Olivia Chilton and Emily Defroand led the way with two goals each, but it was an all-round team performance which gave England a much-needed victory, coming just 24 hours after they had been beaten by five goals in their opening match of the tournament.

“It was a fantastic result,” said Head Coach Craig Keegan. “It was largely a similar performance to yesterday, but with small adjustments defensively - better organised and less naïve. There was a real hunger and desire going forwards demonstrated by having six different goal scorers.

“It now sets up an excellent opportunity where a win against Germany will progress us to the quarter final.”

Chilton got England off the mark with a sixth minute strike from open play, and Emily Defroand doubled their lead on 25 minutes, again from open play.

Captain Shona McCallin made it three on 26 minutes, before Josie Inverdale scored from a penalty corner on 32 minutes, firing home from the top of the D via a Belgian stick.

Hannah Martin scored right on the stroke of half time from a penalty corner, Fran Tew having fired in for Martin to deflect home, and Chilton’s second goal came seven minutes into the second half.

The Belgians pulled a goal back on 53 minutes from a penalty corner, but England’s goal machine continued with Defroand bagging her second on 53 minutes, before Stephanie Addison completed the scoring with a 64th minute open play goal.

With a rest day on Monday, England return to action on Tuesday when they take on Germany.

* The above picture shows England celebrating a goal against Belgium. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek.