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England sail into semi-finals after defeat of Israel

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England put together a terrific all-round team display to move into the semi-finals of the 2019 U20 European Championship at the expense of Israel.

A 17-5 win saw the boys in the end ease past their opposition and raise the confidence levels with a strong performance.

It did take a while to get going in the early stages, England always keeping their noses in front with Dan Jones featuring heavily in Q1 with two goals and an assist, but often being pegged back with a 3-2 1/4 time score.

It wasn't until Q2 where England began to turn the screw, stepping up their defensive work to restrict Israel to very few shooting chances and in turn providing good ball for the attack to make it count.

Elliott Bickerton, a returning Danny Hilditch, and Josh Simpson-Pink all scored in a shutout quarter to make it 6-2 at the half.

In addition to the increasing quality, it seemed as the match wore on, England fitness and relentless work was beginning to pay off, moving the play quickly and with purpose to pull the Israel defence and create opportunities.

Five goals in Q3, including two for Will Greaves, asserted England’s dominance with an 11-3 lead with 15 to play.

Credit to both sides, neither let up in the pace of the game and we continued to have a good-quality contest right to the end.

Six different players got on the scoresheet in final quarter as England racked up the goals, with three in the final minute of action to run out impressive 17-5 winners.

We now face Ireland, who topped Pool B, in the semi-final Today at 5.30pm UK Time.

Point Scorers: Dan Jones (2,2), Ed Loveland (2,2), Danny Hilditch (2,2), Will Greaves (2,2), Elliott Bickerton (3,0), Josh Simpson-Pink (3,0), Tom Frow (1,2), Ollie Allsop (1.0), Alex Halliday (1,0), Will Shirt (0,1) Morgan Brown (0,1)