England will face old foes the Netherlands in Thursday’s Vitality Hockey World Cup quarter-final (push back 8.15 pm) after a 2-0 win over Korea in a cross-over match in front of another capacity crowd at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Tuesday night.
England (WR 2) took the lead in the ninth minute with a wonderful goal with a Surbiton past and present angle. Giselle Ansley’s aerial ball out of defence was controlled perfectly by Sarah Haycroft, whose shot was saved, only for former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray to put away the rebound.
To make things worse for Korea (WR 9) they lost their right to a video referral challenging the goal.
The hosts looked more likely to score in the first half with Korea’s defence struggling to cope with Alex Danson, Lily Owsley and Susannah Townsend going close to extending the lead.
Surbiton’s Hannah Martin also posed problems with runs as England played attacking hockey to delight their enthusiastic support.
England only forced one penalty corner all match in contrast to the fifteen they had against Ireland and nine against India, but their insurance goal came in the penultimate minute, Korea having elected to use a kicking back for the last 187 seconds.
Korea paid as an England attack vociferously supported, ended with Owsley putting the ball into an unguarded net to book England their quarter-final place.
Haycroft, Ansley and Hollie Pearne-Webb were in the England starting lineup with Hannah Martin coming on in the fourth minute and Jo Hunter coming on two minutes later.
After the match, Ansley described her part in the opening goal saying “Having played alongside Crofty at Surbiton, I thought “Go for it” and it paid off.”
Regarding the performance, Ansley added, “We created chances and stuck to our game plan.”
More information about the tournament can be found at the FIH website