Dutch defeat for England U18 Girls

England U18 v Belarus celebrate first goal, July 15 2018

England U18 Girls 1 (0)
Netherlands U18 Girls 6 (3)

The England Under-18 Girls’ EuroHockey Youth Championships dream came to end as they lost 6-1 to the Netherlands in Santander, Spain, on Friday afternoon.

“We’re obviously disappointed, the players went out there with the belief that they could challenge the Dutch,” said head coach Sarah Kelleher.

“They played really well in Q2 and Q3, but the Dutch got away with another few and we couldn’t really convert our chances.

“It’s a reset now, and what was important was that we worked to the end and showed character.”

Their rivals managed to edge ahead early on in the game after Luna Fokke scored with a field goal in the fourth minute.

Things weren’t going entirely to plan for head coach Sarah Kelleher’s side as the end of the first quarter drew to a close, with the Netherlands scoring two quick goals courtesy of Carlijn Tukkers and Sosha Benninga.

England were not out of it though as Molly Redgrave, who scored in the previous match, got a goal back in the 35th minute to retain hope of a place in the final on Saturday.

Despite England’s best efforts, the Dutch team pegged them back to a three-goal gap after Tessa Beetsma scored the Netherland’s fourth field goal of the day.

The Dutch opponents showed their ruthlessness late on as Bente van der Veldt scored their fifth with Tessa Beetsma doubling her own tally two minutes from time to make it six.

Despite a great tournament from England, the prospect of a berth in the final was just a step too far after coming up against a very good Netherlands team.

The England Under-18 Girls will now play in the bronze medal match against Germany on Saturday, at 11.00am UK.