Great start for England U18 Girls

England U18 v Belarus celebrate first goal, July 15 2018

England U18 Girls 4 (2)
Belarus U18 Girls 0 (0)

England Under-18 Girls made a great start to the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Spain, beating Belarus 4-0 in their opening match on Sunday.

The win in Santander puts England top of the early table, with Germany only managing to beat Ireland 2-1 in the tournament’s opening match.

“We’re pleased with a good positive start and some good goals and a clean sheet,” said head coach Sarah Kelleher.

“The girls really stuck to their task. We countered Belarus’s threat and played well which sets us up nicely going into the Germany match tomorrow.

“We’re taking it one game at a time. It’s going to be tough for the players and there will be ups and downs, but we need to stick together as a team.”

England took the lead after 17 minutes. They had been pressuring their rivals, and Belarus failed to effectively clear their lines. England stole the ball back on the left edge of the D and whipped it back in. It fell to Rachel Greenwood front and centre, who fired through the crowd low and hard.

They doubled their lead on 28 minutes. A break down the right was crossed into the top of the D, where Darcy Bourne turned and scored on the reverse stick.

The third goal came just into the third period from Victoria McCabe. Good pressure from England saw several shots which the Belarus goalkeeper could only kick away, but England’s third shot in the D resulted in McCabe’s goal from short range.

And the fourth goal came from another break down the right, cross into the D and a straight strike into the net from Greenwood.

England will now prepare for their second match on Monday afternoon against Germany.