England impressive in victory over Ireland

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England 4 (3)
Barry Middleton 11 (FG)
Alastair Brogdon 31 (FG)
Harry Martin 34 (FG)
Henry Weir 46 (FG)

Ireland 1 (0)
Ronan Gormley 42 (FG)

Played out in front of a strong and noisy crowd in the Stratford sunshine, England, who were already assured of a place in Sunday’s final, put in another strong performance resulting in the team finishing at the top of the table.

It took the home side just 11 minutes to make their mark on the game. Harry Martin put in a great shot on target which was brilliantly saved by Ireland’s goalkeeper, David Harte. Moments later Barry Middleton managed to get England on the scoreboard with a clever finish over the Irish keeper.

On 31 minutes, Alastair Brogdon gave England a well-deserved 2-0 lead and with just one minute remaining in the first half, Martin, who had a great first half, hit a blistering reverse stick shot into the back of the net, bringing the score to 3-0 at half time.

The second half saw England concede their first goal of the tournament, on 42 minutes, when a powerful Ronan Gormley shot found the back of Pinner’s net. England responded just four minutes later with Henry Weir, scoring his second goal for England, and assuring England a comfortable victory. 

George Pinner was interviewed after the game and said: "I don't think we played as well today as we have in our previous two games, but we've only given away one goal in three games so I can't complain. I think we've been defensively pretty solid for the best part of a year now and after the recent World Cup we've been focusing on goal scoring, so the guys firing up front really gives us a boost at the back."

England will meet Ireland in Sunday’s final at 14.45 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Live coverage on Sky Sports 1 from 2.30pm and tickets will be available to purchase on the door.