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England win to advance to Quarter finals

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England beat China 18-9 in their early morning Last 16 contest to advance to the Championship quarter-finals.

They were made to work hard by a determined China side who kept contact until late in the third quarter before weather curtailed the match with 2:35 to play.

The win now sets up a final 8 match-up against New Zealand on Wednesday at 7pm UK Time.

A 9am first draw had the team up early for the Round of 16 match, but England showed no sign of being half asleep with a fast start in the first quarter.

After trading goals at the start, Hannah Thurston and Lucy Devine for England, while Shannon Brazier got a pair for China, they hit a five-goal run to take a commanding lead.

Two for Milly Home and goals for each of Streule, Thomas and Green had England looking comfortable with the attack making particularly good use of the feed from behind to open cutters.

After the 1/4 time, China improved and did well in slowing the game down whenever in possession to try and kill any England momentum which worked to good effect.

The teams traded scores again, each picking up three goals in the second quarter, Southorn, Devine and Saunter all finishing off good attacking moves for England making it 10-5 at the half.

After the interval it continued to be a bit of an effort for England, getting hold of little possession at the start of Q3 and China proving extremely accurate from the chances they managed to fashion.

When Brazier cut the gap to just three at 11-8, there were a few tensions in the air, until a yellow card for China exposed their defence and sparked England to life, picking up three goals on the man up and taking control of the game.

Lucy Devine and Millie Hughes were both standouts in attack, looking aggressive when going to goal and setting up their team mates well to tally 10 points between them.

The fourth was now a much quieter affair after the scoring streak and as England stepped up the intensity in the final 15 minutes, they went 4-1 for the quarter before with 2:35 to play the heavens opened, the lightning appeared, and the game was suspended.

With over 80% of the game played, as per World Lacrosse rules. it was deemed the result would stand as is, and the match finished 18-9 in England’s favour.

England now come up against New Zealand on Wednesday, who actually lost their Last 16 match 11-12 to Puerto Rico; however, due to Puerto Rico’s status as an Associate Member and dispensation awarded for some players, they are deemed ineligible to take a QF spot and therefore the all-blacks take their place.

England Points: Lucy Devine (4,2), Cece Green (3,1), Millie Hughes (2,2), Liv Thomas (2,2), Georgie Southorn (1,3) Milly Home (3,0), Hannah Thurston (1,1), Anna Saunter (1,0), Bella Streule (1,0), Bella Bowater (0,1)