England U21 Men reach Semi Finals

140723 Drayton Chana England v France U21 450 credit Frank Uijlenbroek

England Under 21 Men topped Pool A in the EuroHockey Junior Nations after recording an emphatic 7-0 win over their French counterparts.

Having beaten Poland 6-2 the day before, England once again showed their dangerous attacking play and kept their second clean sheet of the tournament.

England were dominant from the first whistle and quickly put France under pressure. The breakthrough came after 15 minutes after Rob Farrington burst forward before unleashing a reverse stick shot beyond the French keeper.

On 28 minutes, James Alberry converted a Ben Boon cross to double the advantage and David Goodfield made it three on 34 minutes, his shot from a short corner deflecting in off a defender.

England maintained their high energy levels going into the second half and it only took three minutes of the restart for them to make it four as a Jonny Gall cross was touched in by Ben Boon.

Ed Horler scored the fifth from a corner on 43 minutes, his low hard shot finding the net. Jonty Griffiths found the bottom right corner to make it six on 58 minutes and in the final minute of the game, Sam French capped off a sterling team performance with another goal from a penalty corner.

Head Coach Jon Bleby said: “I’m proud of the performance, in particular the effort levels the lads showed in the game. We feel we can do better and there is more to come.

We are certainly going to work hard between now and the semi-final on Friday to make sure that we’re ready again.”