England's winning streak brought to a halt

England's Sam Quek gets away from Australia's Jayde Taylor at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - Photo by Ady Kerry

Team England's women's hockey team suffered their first loss of Glasgow 2014 as they were downed 3-0 by defending Commonwealth champions Australia.

England 0 (0)

Australia 3 (2)
Jodie Kenny 11 49 (PC PC)
Emily Smith 12 (FG)

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Gold medallists at the last two Games, Australia lived up to their reputation as favourites in Glasgow as two Jodie Kenny strikes and one from Emily Smith decided the contest.

Defeat leaves England needing to beat host nation Scotland in their final Pool B game on Wednesday to ensure their passage through to the last four.

They began brightly as Susannah Townsend found Ellie Watton after a mazy run but the latter's effort was well blocked by Australian keeper Rachael Lynch.

Two quick scores, however, had England on the back foot as first Kenny converted from a penalty corner on 17 minutes, before Smith capitalised on a mistake from captain Kate Richardson-Walsh shortly afterwards.

Maddie Hinch in the England goal was forced into a couple of fine saves from Kenny before the break, while Lily Owsley fired a shot just wide after some superb skill.

A green card for Laura Unsworth proved costly 13 minutes into the second half as shortly after she left the field, Kenny slotted home from another short corner.

England kept pressing and earned two penalty corners of their own but on both occasions they couldn’t find the target – Sam Quek seeing an effort deflected behind.

Georgie Twigg also made her return for England after missing their last game against Malaysia through the injury she sustained in the opening game.

Danny Kerry, England Hockey performance director, said after the game: “I was actually really quite pleased with the performance. Australia were better than us defensively and offensively in both circles but I actually felt for large periods of the game we were playing the more constructive hockey.

“The reality is that we need to be much tougher in both circles and their corner execution was superior to ours today. We've got to debrief this game and we need to play like we did today against Scotland and it will be a close game.”

Midfielder Georgie Twigg added: “It's always a big game against Australia, they have been playing so well recently, but I think we put in a really good performance out there. It's disappointing to lose 3-0 but I think we're really gaining momentum, we put in a really good team performance and we can take that into the next game.

“It's small percentages that make such a big difference at the top level and hopefully if we meet them again we have those percentages in our favour. If we can go in against Scotland and produce a performance like that then that would just be brilliant."