Rabo Champions Trophy Amstelveen 2011
Amstelveen, Netherlands - June 25 - 3, 2011

ENG V CHN ( Pool A, Pool D ) Rabo Champions Trophy Amstelveen 2011

ENG
0 - 0
CHN

Match Review ENG - CHN 0-0

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
CHN 46 17 LI Hongxia G
ENG 50 21 QUEK Sam G
CHN 69 21 ZHAO Yudiao Y

ENG

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
1 STORRY Beth
X
4 UNSWORTH Laura
X
5 CULLEN Crista
X
6 MACLEOD Hannah
8
7 PANTER Anne
X
8 RICHARDSON-WALSH Helen
X
11 WALSH Kate
X
12 ROGERS Chloe
DNP
13 WILLIAMS Kerry
X
15 DANSON Alex
4
17 HERBERT Becky
X
18 TWIGG Georgie
10
21 QUEK Sam 1
10
22 BALL Ashleigh
X
23 WALTON Sally
X
24 BENNETT Anna
8
28 WHITE Nicola
DNP
30 HINCH Maddie
  Physiotherapist TYRER Emily
  Assistant Coach PARNHAM Craig
  Team Manager BEER Richard
  Head Coach KERRY Danny
  Stand-In Manager SOUYAVE Maggie
  Medical Doctor POPE Louisa

CHN

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
65
1 MA Yibo
X
2 WANG Mengyu
X
3 MAO Weilin
X
5 MA Wei
X
6 SUN Sinan
18
8 FU Baorong
X
10 GAO Lihua
DNP
12 BAO Qianqian
34
13 HU Pan
X
16 ZHANG Yimeng
X
17 LI Hongxia 1
X
19 HUANG Ting
X
21 ZHAO Yudiao 1
X
22 SONG Qingling
X
23 DE Jiaojiao
11
25 XU Xiaoxu
18
29 PENG Yang
DNP
31 ZHANG Lei
  Stand-In Manager LIU Yuxiang
  Head Coach KIM SANG Ryul
  Assistant Coach LUO Xiaobing
  Physiotherapist LI Hongxing
  Medical Doctor GUAN Siyao

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 HASSICK Amy
Umpire 2 ESKINA Elena
Reserve Umpire JOUBERT Michelle
Video Umpire ROACH Lisa
Judge 1 MUGA Dorothy
Technical Officer PETITJEAN Sylvie

Zhang penalty save denies England victory over China

China goalkeeper Zhang Yimeng saved a penalty stroke from Helen Richardson in the last ten minutes of the game to deny England victory in their final Pool A match here in Amstelveen. The match finished scoreless, with the penalty stroke being by far the biggest opportunity of breaking the deadlock in a match that contained limited goal-scoring opportunities.

Although disappointed not to win the game, England still have a chance to reach the medal round although they are now relying on Argentina to defeat Korea by two clear goals in their meeting later today. China are now unable to qualify for the medal rounds.

“I’ve only taken three penalty strokes in my 12 year career” said England captain Helen Richardson in the post match press conference.  “I put it up in the high left corner but it was just a good save from the goal keeper.”

England made an excellent start to the early match here in Amstelveen. Laura Unsworth went close when she fired over the crossbar before a penalty corner chance went begging.  

It was a very positive start for Danny Kerry’s team, a China were soon creating opportunities for themselves in the form of penalty corners. A powerful drag-flick from Wang Mengyu was confidently beaten away by England goalkeeper Beth Storry in what was probably the Asian side’s best chance of the first period.  

There was very little between the two teams for most of the opening period, something that was perhaps expected from sides that are separated by just one place in the world rankings (China - 4th / England - 5th). The distinct lack of clear goal-scoring opportunities highlighted the cautious approach from both teams, but England almost found a way through in the dying moments of half when Alex Danson burst through and forced a save from Zhang.

The deadlock was almost broken five minutes from the break when England won a penalty corner courtesy of a smart referral to the video umpire, but the attempted deflection from Helen Richardson at the right post flew just wide of the target.

 China had a glorious chance to open the scoring five minutes into the second half when midfielder Song Qingling sent a defence-splitting pass through to Zhao Yudiao, but Beth Storry came off her line to deny the 2010 FIH Young Player of the Year a certain goal.

The side from Asia dominating the early stages of the second half, but Storry and her defenders held firm and worked themselves back into the game before heavy rain started to fall on the Wagener Stadium.

The biggest moment of the match arrived with seven minutes remaining in what was an incredible passage of play. England’s Alex Danson showed skill and persistence to battle her way into the circle before eventually cracking a shot towards goal only for her goal-bound effort to hit the body of a China player. Umpire Elena Eskina immediately awarded a penalty stroke for the infringement, but Zhang moved to her right to deny the high flick from Richardson to ensure that the points were shared.  

  • Match 09
  • Date Tue, 28 Jun 2011
  • Time 11:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A, Pool D
  • Venue

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