Russia win puts England U18 Girls into semis

England U18 girls team talk July 2016

England U18 Girls 4 (1)
Russia U18 Girls 2 (1)

An emphatic second half display from England Under-18 Girls helped them secure their place in the semi finals of the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Ireland on Wednesday.

Level with Russia at half time, England re-asserted themselves on the game after the break and added three more goals to book their place in Friday morning’s final.

Head Coach Sarah Kelleher said: “It’s always nice to get to the semi finals, and we’re looking forward to it.

“A key part of the game against Russia was to keep out of the contest and pass around them and take the energy out of their game. In the first half we played into their hands a bit, but at half time everybody re-asserted the game plan.

“To score in the first minute of the second half settled things down, we played a very good passing game and things looked more comfortable.”

Lizzie Neal made a good run from half way and fed Abby Gooderham at the far right to deflect in after nine minutes, but seven minutes later Russia levelled through Valeriia Borosova.

But after a half time talk England came out fighting for the second period and it took them just a minute to retake the lead with Sophie Jefferson scoring after a good individual run.

Anna Golubeva added another on 49 minutes as Russia equalised, but it was to be their final goal.

A minute later a penalty corner saw the injector Lucy Millington receive the ball back and score, and this was followed up on 62 minutes by Lily Wolstenholme who scored after the initial penalty corner shot had been rebounded away from the goalkeeper.