England will play for gold at Glasgow 2014

Lily Owsley scores England's opening goal against New Zealand in the SEmi Final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - photo by Ady Kerry

England are through to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Final following a thrilling contest against world number four side New Zealand which went to a shoot out after full-time finished 1-1. England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch became the hero, pulling off three saves in the shoot out to take her side through to the gold medal match against Australia tomorrow evening.

NEW ZEALAND 1 (0)

Katie Glynn 68 (FG)

 

ENGLAND 1 (1)

Lily Owsley 27 (FG)

 

England win 3-1 in Shoot Out

England scorers: Georgie Twigg, Alex Danson and Susie Gilbert.

New Zealand scorer: Kayla Whitelock

 

Watch the highlights from the game here.

 

Holcombe's Sam Quek and Canterbury's Susannah Townsend were presented with flowers before the game as they both made their 50th appearance for England.

 

Lily Owsley gave England a 27th minute lead but Katie Glynn equalised for the Black Sticks with just two minutes remaining to take the game into a shoot out.

 

But Hinch kept her nerve, only conceding once from New Zealand’s four attempts. England dominated in attack as well taking the shoot out 3-1 thanks to goals from Georgie Twigg, Alex Danson and Susie Gilbert.

 

England now face three-time gold medallists Australia in the final on Saturday evening at 2015. The Hockeyroos have been totally dominant in Glasgow and were 7-1 winners in their semi-final against South Africa, taking their goal tally to 32 from just five matches. But their 'worst' result was a 3-0 win over England in the group stages.

 

England's Maddie Hinch saves from New Zealand's Katie Glynn during the shoot out of their Commonwealth Games Semi Final 450

 

Kate Richardson-Walsh, Reading, Defender,

On facing Australia in the Gold Medal match:

"I thought we played well against Australia in the pool stages, we just need to capitalise on any errors they make."

 

"I think it will be a race between our midfielders and forwards against their back line players. We have to be brave and take them on. We need to go at them but all games against Australia are good games and I'm looking forward to it."

 

Maddie Hinch, Holcombe, Goalkeeper
On the shoot out:
"I'm renowned for being a bit of a geek when it comes to studying players and I'd done my homework on what to expect from them. I knew what they might do under pressure and I felt ready.”

On facing Australia in the final:
"We can't wait for Australia now. They are defiantly favourites but we are going in with the mindset that we can win."

Alex Danson, Reading, Forward

On getting to the final:

"We are just delighted to get into that final; a silver is nice – a gold is better.”

 

On facing Australia in the final:

"We've done our homework on them already and we are a very professional outfit, it's going to be a tight game with lots of counter attacks and we'll have to grab the opportunities when they do come. It's going to be a great showcase of hockey, it's going to be fast, athletic, skilful and they'll be lots of shots and hopefully the result will go our way. I'm just very proud of this group and how they've responded to a tough few weeks, they've showed a lot of character and if we show that character again in the final then we've got every chance."

 

Danny Kerry, England Head Coach

On beating New Zealand:

"It was always going to be a game about concentration and detail. New Zealand have most of their London 2012 team but we've got some very young players out there and I'm delighted.”

 

On facing Australia in the final:

"When we played Australia we had more shots against them than they had against us but they converted their chances and we didn't. We debriefed that game for a very long time and we've done most of our homework already."

 


To find out more about hockey at the Glasgow 2014 Commownealth Games, head to the BBC Sport website. To see highlights from the match, click here.