England achieved their first win at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Ireland at Lee Valley Park in London.
Finishing second in Pool B behind Ireland after recording draws in both previous games, England’s victory qualified the team for the knockout stages.
The crossover game will see England face Korea on 31 July, the winner will then go on to compete against the world number one ranked Netherlands in the quarter-finals, who have scored 26 goals in their three matches.
England managed to dominate much of the possession throughout the game. Finally showing a level of performance many expected in the Hockey Women’s World Cup, after two below-par performances in draws against India and the USA.
Taking control from the beginning, England managed to keep within Irelands half securing a lot of corners and creating numerous chances which were unlucky to not be converted.
Keeping composure and staying patient, the squad was rewarded in the fourth quarter when on the 14 penalty corner of the game, Giselle Ansley’s drag flick struck the backboard to give England the lead.
After the game, England forward Ellie Rayer stated she was satisfied with the side’s progress. Saying “Obviously we wouldn’t have wanted two draws at the start but technically we are still unbeaten. To get the win today, that was tournament hockey. “We go forward now to the knockouts and the tournament really begins.”