Belgium concede eight goals to England, Spain held host nation to a 2-2 draw
Well recovered from yesterday's disappointingly clear loss to Spain, England went all out today, defeating Belgium 8-1 to stay in the battle for the quarter-final places in Pool D. The encounter between the unbeaten teams from Germany and Spain finished tied 2-2 at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup. Germany remain top of the pool, followed by Spain.
England v Belgium 8-1 (5-0)
After Olivia Chilton opened the scoring for England as early as the sixth minute, Belgium contained the better organized and more disciplined English side for twenty minutes, but had to concede four goalsin the last ten minutes of the first half. Emily Defroand and Shona McCallin scored from open play, while Josie Inverdale and Hannah Martin coverted penalty corners.
The second half continued much like the first, with England keeping a firm grip on the proceedings, and Olivia Chilton opening the scoring only a few minutes into the action. Long stretches kept play in the Belgian half of the field, and the Red Cheetahs could not really challenged the technically and physically superior English.
A penalty corner deflection by Axelle Wouters in the 53rd minute yielded what was to be the Belgians' only goal of the match but England chased it with another goal of theirs, as Emily Defroand sunk her second of the day less than two minutes later. Stephanie Addison completed the final score with a late goal from open play in the 64th minute.
With this victory, England stay in the running for a quarter-final ticket, while Belgium have to let go of their hopes to finish in the top eight.
Voices after the match:
Craig Keegan, England coach: "I'm very pleased with the result. Today we were much stronger in defence. The quarter-finals are now very achievable."
Shane McLeod, Belgium coach: "I think we didn't fight like yesterday. It is a very young squad and it is good to work with them."
Germany v Spain 2-2 (1-1)
The encounter between the unbeaten teams from Germany and Spain finished tied 2-2 at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup. Germany remain top of the pool, followed by Spain.
Host nation Germany could rely on their fans offering them a noisy welcome in Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark. The C-Unit appreciated the support they received and scored an early goal thanks to Sabine Knüpfer who pushed the ball over the line in a crowded circle.
Afterwards Spain created a promising scoring opportunity but failed to convert when Julia Pons’ shot missed the empty goal. Anissa Korth could have doubled Germany’s lead when taking a penalty stroke. The flick was good but Spain’s goalkeeper Mariona Girabent managed to deflect the ball at the crossbar.
However, the Spanish team went for the equalizer and forced three penalty corners in a row midway through the first half. The third attempt was eventually put away by captain Berta Bonastre to level the score 1-1 at halftime.
After the break, Germany entered the pitch with great determination. It only took them six minutes to score their second goal. Darja Möllenberg linked well with Marilena Krauß who deflected Möllenberg’s pass into the goal. Spain equalised once more with Carola Salvatella placing her shot in the German goal.
Voice after the match:
Marc Herbert, German coach: "Of course we would have liked to win today, but this is a world cup. We have a young and hungry team. Now we will focus on Tuesday's match against England."Back