Sunday, February 25, 2024

Women’s Junior Hockey World Cup: England set up Dutch semi-final

A second-half strike from Scarlett Spavin was enough to see England women through to the semi-finals of the Junior World Cup in Chile.

Spavin, who plays for Durham University, netted from a 39th minute penalty corner as England set up a last four showdown with the Netherlands. Germany had nine PC chances to England’s five.

Friday’s semi-final will be their fourth in five editions dating back to 2009. The under-21 side have never reach the JWC women’s final.

The Dutch strolled past Spain with the Oranje scoring three times in the opening quarter. They eventually won 4-1 to reach the last four. The Oranje have won three of the past four editions.

The other quarter-finals later on Wednesday will see Japan play Belgium and Argemtina face Australia.

Meanwhile, in the men’s JWC defending champions Argentina claimed their second win of the tournament in Malaysia.

France also clinched their second victory, with the two sides now comfortably sitting atop Pool A and B respectively.

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