Owsley left frustrated despite point against Germany

England survived a second half barrage from Germany to earn a point from their second match of the EuroHockey Championships but goal scorer Lily Owsley cut a frustrated figure, post-match.

“I’m frustrated because of the score line.” Owsley said afterwards.

“We were 1-0 up at half time and we should have put it to bed. We knew we had to get the next goal or teams come back into it. It happened yesterday [against Ireland] it happened today. It’s frustrating. A point against a side like Germany is good; we’ll just need to put more than 13 past Belarus.”

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Owsley had given England the lead six minutes before half time with a lovely, composed finish after some excellent work from Jo Hunter set her up with a chance at the far post.

“I knew if I took it quickly the goalie was set. I had to wait for her to make a decision before I knew the space was open to put it in. I’m glad I got it!” said the England No26.

Although Mark Hager’s side probably shaded the first half, going close through a Giselle Ansley penalty corner and a Shona McCallin deflection, they were unable to add to their lead as the teams went off for the half time interval.

Germany, who scored 13 times in their opening match of the tournament against Belarus started the second half much stronger than England.

A brilliant run and shot from Nike Lorenz forced Maddie Hinch into a good save and then the England goalkeeper was on hand to make a solid stop from Rebecca Grote.

England were on the back foot for most of the third quarter and were indebted to Hinch once again as she gloved away a thunderbolt from Cecile Pieper. The same player eventually did beat the England goalkeeper, only to see her shot come back off the post, leaving Germany frustrated and still 1-0 down.

Right at the end of the third quarter Die Danas’ pressure finally paid off. Anne Schroder showed some nice skills to break into the circle and her cross-shot was turned in by Hannah Gablac at the far post to give Xavier Reckinger’s side a deserved equaliser.

Germany continued to press for a winner in the fourth quarter and Hinch was called upon to keep out another backhand strike from Lorenz.

Ellie Rayer stung the gloves of Julia Sonntag in the German goal with England’s best chance of the final 15 minutes but in the end both sides had to settle for a point.

England are not assured of a semi-final place yet, and Owsley warned her teammates about the need for improvement:

“We need to learn from today because that’s two games in a row we’ve let a team back into it. That needs to be a big learning point for us, especially if we’re going into knock out games. It’s crucial. We need to learn, recover and bring on the next game.”

England’s final pool game is against Belarus on Wednesday.

About thetopofthed

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