Commonwealth Games: England reach women's hockey semi-finals in Glasgow
Last Updated: 30/07/14 1:52pm
England celebrate against Scotland in Glasgow
Alex Danson and Susannah Townsend were on target for England as they edged past hosts Scotland 2-1 to reach the last four of the women’s hockey competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Danson and Townsend netted first-half goals as England raced into a two-goal advantage only for the Scots to pull one back through Nikki Kidd just before the break at the National Hockey Centre.
Danson made the breakthrough after 15 minutes from Nicola White’s assist, with Townsend adding a second goal 12 minutes later following a penalty corner.
Kidd fired home Scotland’s only goal – also via a penalty corner – but they were unable to force an equaliser despite late pressure.
England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch pulled off a number of excellent saves and goalscorer Danson said: "We are obviously delighted with the win. The game was exactly what we thought it was going to be it, it was tight and Scotland had obviously done their homework.
"They won lots of corners but we are delighted, we stuck to our task and are over the moon to be building momentum for the next game.
"We are so delighted to be in the semi-finals. But for us it is all about building momentum and every time we have done that."
Head coach Danny Kerry added: "In the second half Scotland stepped up and that generated some anxiety but in the last 10 minutes we got some good experienced players on the pitch and that allowed us to see it out."