Honours even between England and Australia

England celebrate Erica Sanders' goal against Australia in the JWC

It was billed by some as the “winner takes all” clash of Pool C, but in the end there was nothing to separate England and Australia who shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw in the Junior World Cup. Erica Sanders gave England the lead with her first goal of the tournament but they were pegged back by Renee Taylor’s leveller.

England Head Coach Craig Keegan reflected on the game saying that a draw was “the right result for both teams.” England dominated the early exchanges, coming out of the blocks the faster of the two sides. Sanders, who has been in red-hot form in the domestic league opened her account for this tournament with a trademark penalty corner in the fourth minute.   

England had chances to extend their lead but found Aleisha Power in great form under the bar for the Jillaroos.

The second half was more in favour of Australia and they levelled the scores from Taylor’s penalty corner six minutes after the break. Katherine Sommerville impressed in goal for Keegan’s team with some important interventions and it ended all square leaving both sides on four points at the top of the pool with one game to play in this stage.

Keegan told England Hockey:

“Both teams had good chances to win, but both teams had a keeper in top form. It was a proper game of international hockey. They made it tough, but we played hard and stayed together.” He added: “It was hot, and the game was played at a very high tempo. Tactically we tried a couple of new things, and I was very pleased to see this young team deliver new ideas under testing conditions.”

England’s final pool match is against South Africa on Monday 1700 UK Time. Live stream here and tournament details here.