|July 28th, 2013|
|15||Pool D||5:30pm||ENG - BEL||8 - 1 (5 - 0)||Final|
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.
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."
|July 28th, 2013 at 10:28 am||ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach: the last match on Pitch 2 for today is Pool D's England vs Belgium.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 10:29 am||The umpires for the match are Maggie Giddens (USA) and Melanie Oakden (NZL).|
|July 28th, 2013 at 10:35 am||An attack down the right in the 7th minute, and Olivia Chilton scores the goal. ENG 1, BEL 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 10:56 am||Two goals in quick succession for England, Emily Defroand and Shona McCallin make it ENG 3, BEL 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 11:02 am||Penalty corner for ENG and a deflection from Josie Inverdale from the right does the trick. ENG 4, BEL 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 11:05 am||Penalty corner for ENG and a deflection from Josie Inverdale does the trick. ENG 4, BEL 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 11:06 am||Another PC, and after the first two attempts are warded off, Fran Tew still converts. Halftime score ENG 5, BEL 0.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 11:23 am||Olivia Chilton scores her second of the day for ENG 6, BEL 0. 28 minutes to go.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 11:36 am||Belgium get one back as they take advantage of a penalty corner through Anne-Sophie Weyns. ENG 6, BEL 1.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 11:36 am||But England re-establish their advantage on the next attack. Emily Defroand scores for ENG 7, BEL 1.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 11:46 am||Stephanie Addison piles on one more goal, it's ENG 8, BEL 1 with 5 minutes to go.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 11:57 am||End of the match. England celebrate the 8-1 victory while the Red Cheetahs from Belgium are seek consolation from their numerous fans.|