England through to quarter finals after Canada win

Ed Horler continued his fine scoring run at the HJWC2016

England 6 (4)
Will Calnan 10, 23 (PC, FG)
Ed Horler 15, 20, 46 (PC, PC, PC)
Chris Proctor 54 (FG)

Canada 0 (0)

England Head Coach Jon Bleby praised his side’s “professional performance” as England’s U21s swept to a 6-0 win in their final pool match of the Junior World Cup against Canada. The win secures second spot and sets up a quarter final clash with Germany on Thursday morning.

“We did exactly what we needed to do to get through to the quarter final.” said Bleby.  “It was nice both to get some goals in attack and defensively to be really disciplined and keep a clean sheet.”

The goals certainly flowed with England 4-0 up at the break before adding two more in the second half. Will Calnan opened the scoring with a penalty corner in the tenth minute before Ed Horler added two low penalty corners in the 15th and 20th minutes to put his side in complete control. Calnan added his second from open play before the break. Horler slotted in another penalty corner on 46 minutes to complete his hat-trick and move onto six goals for the tournament, making him the competition’s top scorer. Chris Proctor added a sixth in the 54th minute to complete the scoring.  

Despite his delight at the win, Bleby was keen to stress there is still work to be done for his young guns: “We are satisfied with job done today but there are definitely some key areas we can still be much better at looking ahead to the next game.”

That next game pits England against Germany and takes place at 8am UK Time on Thursday 15 December live on the FIH YouTube Channel.

Bleby looked ahead to that game, telling England Hockey: “We are really looking forward to playing Germany. They are a tough side and it will likely be a tactical battle but I absolutely feel if we can play to our potential we have a great chance of progressing to the semi finals.”

All the tournament information can be found on the FIH Website.