Defeat to Germany for England U18 Girls

England U18 Girls celebrate their goal against Germany, July 16 2018

England U18 Girls 1 (0)
Germany U18 Girls 3 (0)

A late goal from a penalty corner was little reward for England Under-18 Girls, who lost out 3-1 to Germany in their second match at the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Santander, Spain, on Monday.

Sophie Hamilton scored from a narrow angle at a 55th minute penalty corner, but with just five minutes left at that point the game was already out of their grip with Germany having scored from three open play goals in six minutes earlier in the half.

“The girls played a really excellent first half and had a number of opportunities, and not converting some of those cost us I think,” said head coach Sarah Kelleher.

“Some poor defending and turnovers gave Germany opportunities which they will always take as they’re a clinical side.

“I was disappointed not to get a better result but at least we’re in a reasonable position in the table to progress, as a draw against Ireland will be enough.”

Carlotta Sippel put Germany ahead with a 32nd minute field goal, and they doubled their lead four minutes later through Lisa Nolte, again from open play.

Yara Mandel scored Germany’s third two minutes later to really put England on the back foot, and although the England defence managed to stem the flow they couldn’t find a way to hit back until Hamilton’s late strike.

After a rest day on Tuesday, England Under-18 Girls are back in action on Wednesday with a game against Ireland at 1.45pm UK time.