Battling England U18 Girls lose out

England U18 girls team shot July 2016

England U18 Girls 0 (0)
Netherlands U18 Girls 3 (0)

A strong first half from England Under-18 Girls was not enough as they lost out to the Netherlands in the semi finals of the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Cork, Ireland, on Friday morning.

England matched the Dutch stride for stride and shot for shot in the first half, sticking to their game plan and shutting down the Netherlands’ attacking threat as much as possible.

But their rivals upped their game in the second half and scored three unanswered goals.

Head Coach Sarah Kelleher said: “I’m very pleased with the girls’ performance. I was looking for a good performance, and they produced that. To actually stay at 0-0 with the Dutch at half time is a good result as they’re very strong.”

The Netherlands broke the deadlock just three minutes into the second half with a strike from a penalty corner from Freeke Moes, and eight minutes later they had doubled their lead, this time from open play as Pien Dicke found the goal.

And their third and final goal came three minutes from the end of the match through Carmel Bosch at a penalty corner.

England’s last match of the EuroHockey European Championships in Ireland will be in the play-off match for third spot against the losers from the other semi final.