England Women thrashed India 6-0 to claim the bronze medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Saturday.
England gained revenge for their 2-1 pool game loss, scoring four goals in a pulsating final quarter when the team were at their attacking best.
The first quarter was goalless and at half time, England led 1-0 courtesy of Surbiton’s Hollie Pearne-Webb’s penalty corner drag-flick in the 27th minute, the only score in what proved to be a tight first half.
Sophie Bray doubled England’s lead in the 44th minute with a spectacular reverse shot into the top left corner, as England accelerated into true attacking mode.
England also had Bray to thank at the start of the fourth quarter for a clearance off the line from India’s sixth penalty corner. In the 49th minute, Bray scored England’s third goal, India losing their right to a video referral after suggesting that a backstick offence had been committed in the buildup.
England then scored three goals in as many minutes as the Indian defence failed to cope. Laura Unsworth scored from the left of the circle, her shot going in off the goalkeeper with five minutes remaining. A minute later, Bray was credited with England’s fifth goal, completing her hat-trick, although video replays suggested that Alex Danson got a final touch.
Just fifteen seconds later, Bray and Danson combined again, this time Bray passing the ball to her left for Danson to finish in emphatic fashion and ensure the bronze medals were completely out of India’s reach.
India’s starting goalkeeper, Savita was replaced by Rajani Etimarpu immediately after England’s fourth goal, the substitute conceding two goals within 71 seconds of arrival on the pitch.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft and Pearne-Webb were all in the England starting lineup, Hannah Martin coming on as a third minute substitute, Emily Defroand following a minute later and Jo Hunter coming on in the sixth minute.
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