Search

Hockey World League: England 0 New Zealand 1

PUBLISHED: 08:52 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:52 24 November 2017

England's Hollie Pearne-Webb hits out (pic Scott Heavey/PA)

England's Hollie Pearne-Webb hits out (pic Scott Heavey/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

England’s women saw their Hockey World League Final gold-medal hopes shattered by a late New Zealand winner in their semi-final on Friday.

England's Lily Owsley had a goal ruled out against New Zealand (pic Scott Heavey/PA)England's Lily Owsley had a goal ruled out against New Zealand (pic Scott Heavey/PA)

The scoreline remained blank until five minutes from time, when Olivia Merry claimed the only goal of the game.

And England will now hope to pick themselves up for Sunday’s bronze-medal match against the Netherlands or Korea.

New Zealand applied early pressure in front of a full house in Auckland, but Maddie Hinch made a smart save with her feet in the second minute.

The pace of play was frantic, with the home crowd in good voice, but Lily Owsley caused problems with her pace as England began to settle into the contest in a scoreless first quarter.

England's Emily Defroand (pic Scott Heavey/PA)England's Emily Defroand (pic Scott Heavey/PA)

Owsley had the ball in the back of the net within a minute of the restart, but it was ruled out on review for use of the back of thhe stick.

Grace Balsdon then produced a brilliant tackle to thwart a New Zealand attack and Hinch dived to her right to keep out a short corner on 22 minutes.

The home side were almost punished for losing the ball in defence as Sarah Haycroft sent her strike flying just wide of the post.

And despite a very exciting first half the scoreline remained blank at the midway mark.

England went closest to breaking the deadlock in the third quarter when Sophie Bray, the two-goal hero of their quarter-final win over the USA, volleyed a bobbling ball onto the crossbar.

And they also forced back-to-back short corners, but Giselle Ansley’s strikes were blocked before Laura Unsworth cleared a New Zealand corner off the line and a second attempt flew wide of the target as it remained 0-0 going into the final quarter.

Hinch had to produce a stunning save to deny New Zealand midway through the fourth period, but England fell behind with only five minutes remaining when Merry fired high into the net from a short corner.

England removed Hinch for a kicking-back for the last three minutes, but they could not force an equaliser as the hosts held on to their slender lead and will go in to Sunday’s bronze medal play-off at 5am British time.

England: Hinch, Unsworth, Martin, Paige, Danson, Ansley, Bray, Pearne-Webb, McCallin, Owsley, Balsdon. Subs: Haycroft, Toman, Petty, Sanders, Rayer, Defroand, Tennant.

Latest Newham Stories

Yesterday, 15:30

The club will look to maintain their long tradition of competing in the first round proper by winning at Maidstone on Saturday

Justin Edinburgh
Yesterday, 14:30

Lakeside Hammers are gearing up for a massive weekend as their drama-filled season comes to a spectacular conclusion.

Richard Lawson
Yesterday, 13:42

At least two homeless people have died at the Stratford Centre this year, and eight across Newham - but no records exist of their deaths. Here, we tell their stories.

Newham Council
Yesterday, 13:03

A man has been arrested after falling from the top floor of Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford.

Yesterday, 11:58

Unwanted furniture, fridges and other large household rubbish items could soon be collected for free if drastic plans to help stop fly-tipping in Newham are approved.

Yesterday, 11:30

FA Youth Cup third qualifying round: AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2 Leyton Orient 3

Justin Edinburgh
Yesterday, 10:09

Four family members have been charged with modern slavery offences following dawn raids across east London.

Forest Gate
Yesterday, 09:59

The vice-chairman of West Ham has said she “refuses” to take criticism over the rent the club pays on the London Stadium.

Sadiq Khan

PROMOTED CONTENT

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now