England U18 Girls found that their Dutch counterparts were just too good after the Netherlands won the second EuroHockey Championships semi-final 6-1 at a damp Santander in Spain on Friday afternoon.
England will play Germany for Bronze on Saturday at 11 am BST, after Germany lost 1-0 to Belgium in the first semi-final.
The Dutch girls were always going to be a threat and they only needed four minutes to take the lead, Luna Fokke scrambling the ball home past the English defenders.
A double strike in as many minutes took the game away from England, Carlijn Tukkers scoring in the 12th minute with a hard shot which somehow eluded England goalkeeper, Millie Regan and ended up in the netting behind her. A minute later, Sosha Benninga put away a rebound after the England defence failed to clear to give the Netherlands a 3-0 lead.
England coped better in the second quarter, the score staying at 3-0 at half time.
Five minutes into the second half, England briefly fought back, Molly Redgrove converting a penalty corner in fine style to reduce the deficit to 3-1.
Three minutes later, the Netherlands’ three goal advantage was restored, Tessa Beetsma tapping in a cross from the left.
With ten minutes remaining, Bente van der Weldt’s reverse stick finish put the Netherlands 5-1 ahead with Beetsma completing the scoring in the 58th minute, once again tapping in a cross from the left, this time into an empty goal with the goalkeeper committed.
Surbiton’s Darcy Bourne and Izzy Petter were both in the England starting lineup, Petter blocking a Dutch shot in the circle late in the game.
More information about the tournament can be found at the EHF Altius website
Match highlights will be available via EuroHockey TV