England U23 Women narrowly miss out on bronze

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India (1) 1
Punam Barla – 31 (F)

England (0) 1
Hannah Martin – 68 (PC)

ENGLAND Under-23 Women narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in in the Six Nations Tournament held in Breda, The Netherlands, after losing 1-0 to India on shuffles.

It was a battling performance from the England side and they came from a goal down to draw level with just two minutes of the game remaining.

Punam Barla put India ahead on 31 minutes, finishing off a counter attacking move. England looked solid defensively but had some difficulty in carving out chances.

But in the second half, they were much more of a threat and won five penalty corners. After a sustained period of pressure, one of these corners dropped to Hayley Taylor out on the left and although her shot was saved, Martin was on hand to tuck away the rebound and make it 1-1. However, in the resulting shuffles, it was India that scored the all-important goal.

Head Coach Craig Keegan said: “In a repeat of yesterday’s game, India were able to get the upper hand late in the first half. Through fantastic individual and team defending, we had large periods of possession where we were able to make it up the pitch.

“But our final third play lacked a cutting edge. It has to be focus area for development in the future as in all our games we competed D to D but lacked quality in front of goal.

“However, defensively we set very high standards and this enabled us to stay competitive all tournament.”

Date/time

Fixture

Result

 

Sunday 19 July 2015

13:00

Netherlands

India

1-0

 

15:15

England

New Zealand

2-2

 

17:00

Germany

China

1-3

 

 Tuesday, 21 July 2015

17:15

India

Germany

4-4

 

19:00

New Zealand

China

2-1

 

19:15

England

Netherlands

0-5

 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

 

17:00

England

Germany

1-1

 

17:15

Netherlands

New Zealand

2-1

 

19:00

India

China

 

Friday, 24 July 2015

 

13:15

England

China

0-3

 

15:15

India

New Zealand

 

17:15

Germany

Netherlands

 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

 

13:15

India

England

0-1

 

15:30

Netherlands

China

2-1

 

17:45

New Zealand

Germany

2-1

 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

 

11:15

New Zealand

Germany

2-1

 

13:00

India

England

1-1

 

13:30

Netherlands

China

5-1

 

England U23 Women’s Squad

1

Amy

Tennant

2

Francis

Taylor

3

Laura

Bevan

4

Juliette

Inverdale

5

Kim

Leiper

6

Lydia

Macdonell

7

Alicia

Caillard

8

Hayley

Turner

9

Rebecca

Van Berkel

10

Hannah

Martin

11

Suzannah

Petty

12

Olivia

Paige

13

Eleanor

Rayer

14

Philippa

Lewis

15

Mollie

Rawnsley

16

Josephine

Blunt

17

Megan

Crowson

19

Kate

Holmes