Reaction: England 1-0 Ireland

Team 2
England recorded their first win at the Vitality Hockey Women's to finish second in Pool B and qualify for the knockout stages. 

A late drag-flick from Giselle Ansley was enough after 53 minutes as England beat Ireland 1-0.

Next up for England is a crossover game against Korea on 31 July, with the winners facing the Netherlands in the quarter finals.


Hollie Pearne-Webb:

“We dominated the game, we went out there and played our game and created a lot of chances and they really didn’t have any chances at all. 

“I think performance wise we can be pleased with that but there are still things we want to look at and improve on for the next match in terms of capitalising on the chances we create and getting more out of them.

“I think we can be really pleased with our performance. Ireland played other teams and other teams conceded goals against them and we literally didn’t give them a sniff, so we can look at the positives take them through to the next game and try and improve on converting our chances.”

Hannah Martin:

"It's great to get the three points in our last pool game. We've been playing really well, the performances have been there, so it's great to get a win. 

We knew we were good enough, and we executed our game plan really well today, winning lots of penalty corners, so I'm glad we were able to put a chance away."


Anna Toman:

"We created a lot of chances and defended really well, as did Ireland. Their goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran had a brilliant game, but we stuck to it and got the goal in the end."

"It's really exciting as a defender to be able to contribute up front. It's a fantastic attribute of this team that we're fast and attacking, so we create chances, and hopefully we can convert a few more. 

“We're really happy with the performance, and hopefully we can take that through to our next game against Korea. We played them in the World League, so we know a little bit about them. We'll go away and look at the videos and focus on the next match."


Grace Balsdon:

“I thought we controlled the game quite well today, we dominated play and in terms of performance we were strong, so as a whole I think we’re really happy with that result. 

“The crowd were amazing, it was another sell-out which is incredible, the energy we get off the crowd is so good, that lift and the cheers I can’t articulate it enough- it really helps.

“Looking forward to Korea now, we are ready. We train every day, our centralised programme puts us in good stead for this kind of quick turn-around tournament play- we’re fit enough and I believe we can do the job.”