Women’s World Hockey League Semi-Final 2107: England Power to 5-2 Win over Argentina
- England won 5-2
- They took the bronze in the tournament
England comprehensively defeated Argentina 5-2 in the third place match of the Women’s World Hockey League Semi-Final to take the bronze. Having lost to the USA in the penalty shootout in the semi-final, England responded in a big way to beat world number three ranked side Argentina to finish the tournament on a high.
A brace from Giselle Ansley and strikes from Sophie Bray, Susannah Townsend and Laura Unsworth guided England to victory. The match started evenly with both sides creating plenty of chances. England took the lead when Lily Owsley broke down the right with a powerful run into the circle, which saw the ball fall to Bray who tapped home from close range. Argentina fought back two times to peg the score at 2-2 going into halftime. It was a tale of two halves as Argentina did not turn up after half-time. A Laura Unsworth field goal and two goals from Giselle Ansley sealed a third place for England. Owsley stormed into the Argentina half and into the circle where she was brought down by Succi allowing Ansley to step up and finish from the spot to round up the scoring for England.
Captain Alex Danson was overjoyed with the win.”The bronze-medal match is always a difficult game but we are a team on the rise and we are delighted with a solid, fantastic team performance.”
England Coach David Ralph said: “We are delighted with the result today and what pleased us more is our performance.”To pick ourselves up from the semi-final result and play like that shows the character within this group.”
The English back line stood strong to see out the closing minutes to seal the win and take bronze.
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