Commonwealth Games 2018: England hockey men held, women beaten
PUBLISHED: 08:49 08 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:54 08 April 2018
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England 2 Pakistan 2
England’s men were denied victory in their second game of the Commonwealth Games by a late Pakistan equaliser.
Having beaten Malaysia 7-0 in their opener, England were given a much sterner test by Pakistan in sweltering heat.
Mark Gleghorne forced a good save from Imran Butt at a short corner in the first quarter, while Liam Ansell was shown a yellow card in the second.
The deadlock was broken two minutes into the second half when Muhammad Irfan Jr controlled a pass at the top of the D and fired past Harry Gibson.
But England, including Hampstead & Westminster’s Harry Martin, were level two minutes later as Gleghorne’s corner was deflected past Butt, who denied Sam Ward a second goal just before the end of the quarter.
George Pinner’s double save denied Muhammad Arslan Qadir and Muhammad Dilber early in the final session, before Ward fired past Butt from a clever corner routine.
But Pakistan levelled three minutes from time when Mubashar’s shot was deflected past Pinner by the leg of Barry Middleton.
A last-minute Ward effort was ruled out after video review, with the ball having hit his foot, and England had to settle for a point ahead of their Home Nations clash with Wales on Tuesday (5.30am).
England 1 India 2
England’s women were edged out by India in their third match of the Commonwealth Games.
Having beaten South Africa (2-0) and Wales (5-1), they took the lead after just 35 seconds through captain Alex Danson.
Hollie Pearne-Webb’s pass found Sophie Bray at the baseline and her cross was deflected in by Danson from close range for the perfect start.
Danson was denied a second soon after, while Bray had a backhand shot well saved before the end of the first quarter.
India rallied in the second, but England – including Havering’s Emily Defroand – went closest to adding to the scoreline as Grace Balsdon fired a short corner against the crossbar.
Maddie Hinch made a smart save to deny India early in the second half, but they were back on terms after a quick exchange of passes at the top of the D allowed Navneet Kaur to fire a low shot home.
India then took the lead from the penalty spot, when Anna Toman was adjudged to have fouled an attacker, and Gurjit Kaur converted.
England put lots of pressure on the Indian defence late on, but could not find a way through and now face Malaysia in their final match on Monday (10.30am) looking to secure a semi-final spot.
Danson said: “It started very well, India played well when they came out for the second half, we just didn’t play our best today, I feel we had plenty of opportunities to be up within the game but we didn’t take them so no excuses, we’ve got to go in tomorrow and still win this tournament.
“No consolation (for scoring), it doesn’t matter who scores, unless you’re on the winning team that’s the only place (I want to be).
“Sometimes you have to accept it’s not going to be your day, but I think this could be the making of us, we’ll thoroughly debrief this, we’ve got a game tomorrow so it’s very much recover and get the job done.”
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