England Women beat Japan in final Four Nations match

Zoe Shipperley, by Frank Uijlenbroek - 450

England 2
Alex Danson 35 (PS)
Lily Owsley 53 (FG)

Japan 0 (0)

A GOAL in each half proved enough for England Women to overcome a tough Japan side in their final match of the Four Nations Tournament in Bremen on Sunday.

Alex Danson scored late in the first half, and Lily Owsley doubled their advantage in the second half to help Jason Lee’s side to victory.

“This was a much better technical performance, and we didn’t make the same mistakes as in the previous day,” said Head Coach Jason Lee. “We had good possession for long periods.

“There was much more fight and endeavor in the group, and it’s a good performance to take forward to the final stage of preparations for the World Cup.”

Click here to see squad and caps information and to see the other results at the tournament.

England steadily increased their pressure throughout the first half, until Japan were forced to use the back of a stick to stop a goal. Alex Danson confidently stepped up to convert the resulting penalty stroke on 35 minutes.

And 18 minutes into the second half England doubled their lead. Some good patient play from England led to Japan being stretched thin. Zoe Shipperley (pictured) put in a threatening ball into the circle, Hannah McLeod drew the defence, and Lily Owsley ghosted in to tap the ball home.

If you want to watch England men and women play LIVE on home turf this summer, tickets are now on sale for the Investec London Cup at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in July.