Hockey: Maddie Hinch the hero as England edge Holland in penalty shoot-out
Last Updated: August 23, 2013 11:44am
Maddie Hinch: Was the hero for England in the penalty shoot-out in Boom
England's women reached the EuroHockey final for the first time in 22 years after a penalty shoot-out victory over Holland in Boom.
After the semi-final had finished 1-1 after 70 minutes, the two teams couldn't be separated in the first five penalties as both nations managed to convert two of their attempts.
Helen Richardson and Eva de Goede both saw their effort saved but Alex Danson netted and a further stop from Maddie Hinch saw England go through.
The first half finished goalless with England having to hang on as the Dutch earned six penalty corners in the opening 15 minutes and largely dominated play.
Despite that they went into the break level and had the lead after 52 minutes as Sally Walton's ball forward went in off a Dutch stick. However the scorer didn't finish the match, leaving with five minutes to go due to a leg injury.
De Goede replied for the top-ranked side in the world, producing an impressive reverse flick to level the contest and send it to penalties.