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.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Kilburn Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Kilburn Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Kilburn Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Kilburn & Brent Sports News

Yesterday, 16:57

Wealdstone will have to overturn a slender deficit in the second leg of their FA Trophy semi-final if they are to make it to Wembley.

Yesterday, 15:26

Rs came from two goals down to draw at Whites

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham 2 (Cairney 32, Piazon 45) Queens Park Rangers 2 (Luongo 45+3, Wszolek 81)

Fri, 16:00

Wealdstone face easily their most important match of the season so far when they visit National League North outfit Brackley Town in the first leg of their FA Trophy semi-final on Saturday.

Fri, 07:30

Do you know an inspiring sports teacher with a passion for ensuring young girls have equal access and opportunities to play sport? TeamUp, an initiative designed to engage schools and help teachers deliver team sports to girls, is launching a campaign to search for London’s Sports Teacher of the Year and nominations are now open.

Archant London sat down with tipster Martin Girdwood of Girdys Gee Gees to go through his naps for the final day of the Festival

Thu, 17:00

Kilburn Cosmos under-13s enjoyed a fine 4-1 win on their trip to Bishops Stortford.


The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now