Second-half shut out spurs England to impressive win


England completed a 9-0 second-half shutout as part of an impressive 16-2 win against Germany in Game 2 at the Women’s European Championships.

In another complete team performance, 10 different players scored as the defence went nearly two-and-a-half quarters without conceding to dominate throughout and go 2-0 at the tournament.

England were consistently on the front foot throughout and once Jenny Simpson put the side ahead after 4:00, goals were scored at regular intervals with multiple attacking options causing Germany problems.

Taking a 4-1 lead into Q2, Germany were first to score following the break but from that point on, England seized total control.

Megan Whittle and Simpson were once again focal points in the attack, the former finishing with another five points, including three assists, moving the ball well in temperatures pushing 36c.

After heading into the interval 7-2 up, England maintained the same intensity throughout, continuing to press for goals and spreading the scoring efforts throughout the team.

The defence was also playing a clearly more aggressively style, immediately hassling the ball, pushing attackers wide, forcing errors and turnovers throughout.

Due to the defensive efforts, the ‘keepers came under limited pressure but when required were equal to any attacks, each registering three saves each.

Tilly Foster, Torz Anderson, and Anna Featherstone all scored their first goals of the Championships while Alex Drewe contuined to be a threat, completing her hat-trick midway through the Q3.

England (2-0) now take on Israel, who are also 2-0, on Thursday 18 July at 6.00pm in their biggest test of the Championship so far.

The game will be streamed live once again on the Olympic Channel

England Points:Megan Whittle (2,3), Alex Drewe (3,1), Jenny Simpson (2,1), Tilly Shires (2,0), Anna Featherstone (2,0), Liv Wimpenny (1,1), Torz Anderson (1,1), Claire Faram (0,2), Camilla Hayes (1,0), Tilly Foster (1,0), Lucy Lynch (1,0)