Bronze medal for England U18 Girls

England U18 girls team talk July 2016

England U18 Girls 1 (0)
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England win 3-2 in penalty shootout

England Under-18 Girls won bronze in the EuroHockey Youth Championship in dramatic fashion in Ireland on Saturday morning, beating rivals Belgium in a penalty shootout after the match had been level at 1-1 at full time.

After a tense but goalless first half, England came out strongly for the second half and took the lead through Lucy Millington’s 37th minute strike.

That goal looked to be enough for England to take the win, but with English legs tiring Belgium hit back with Laetitia Goeminne scoring three minutes from the end from a penalty corner, forcing the match into a penalty shootout.

Esme Burge scored England’s first strike, while Belgium missed their last two. Mimi Tarrant and Lily Wolstenholme then found the goal, meaning that Belgium’s third miss in five shots handed England the win.

Head Coach Sarah Kelleher said: “I’m very pleased to win, although we didn’t play to our full potential. But their grit and determination got them through, and our goalkeeper Miriam Pritchard was outstanding in the shootout.

“Over the whole tournament the girls have responded very well to everything that has been put to them.”