England into Semi-Finals with 2-1 victory

England's Susannah Townsend celebrates scoring the second goal with Sam Quek and Sophie Bray in their match against Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - photo by Ady Kerry

England women’s secured their passage through to the semi-finals with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Scotland today.

England 2 (2)
Alex Danson 15 (FG)
Susannah Townsend 27 (PC)

Scotland 1 (1)
Nikki Kidd 31 (PC)

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First-half goals from Alex Danson and Susannah Townsend put England in pole position heading into the break but Nikki Kidd pulled one back for the hosts from a penalty corner.

And in the second half, roared on by a raucous home crowd, Scotland pushed hard for an equaliser with a succession of penalty corners.

But each one came to nothing, Maddie Hinch making a string of fine saves in the process as England held firm to seal their place in the knockout rounds and set up a potential semi-final with New Zealand.

Speaking after the game, England Forward Alex Danson said: “We are obviously delighted with the win today, the game was exactly what we thought it was going to be it, it was tight and Scotland had obviously done their homework. They won lots of corners but we are delighted, we stuck to our task and are over the moon to be building momentum for the next game.

“We are so delighted to be in the semi-finals, it’s been a big competition from day one because we had a lot to prove to ourselves. But for us it is all about building momentum and every time we have done that. If it's New Zealand that we are playing we will prepare hard, we know it will be a tight game again but a good showcase and hopefully a great match.

England Women's Head Coach Danny Kerry added: “The first-half was very good, Scotland over exposed themselves and we exploited that. In the second half Scotland stepped up and that generated some anxiety but in the last ten minutes we got some good experienced players on the pitch and that allowed us to see it out."