Hinch the hero as England finish fifth in Champions Trophy

07 December 2014 / 19:44
Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch insists England Women can look back on their Champions Trophy campaign with pride after defeating China in a dramatic shoot-out to seal fifth place.
There was nothing between the sides in Argentina as the game ended 1-1 and the shoot-out went to sudden death before Hinch saved from Peng Yang and Laura Unsworth wrapped up the 3-2 victory.
Earlier, a lovely move involving Sophie Bray and Susannah Townsend set up Shona McCallin to score her first goal in England colours in the first quarter.
China hit the bar before half-time but Cui Qiuxia slipped the ball under Hinch after the break to make it 1-1 and force a shoot-out.
Although both sides missed multiple times in the thrilling finale, Unsworth and Hinch were the eventual heroes.
England recovered well to beat Japan and China after losing all their pool matches and Hinch insists she relished the drama of a shoot-out in the team’s final game.
“We have a habit of getting into these things,” she said. “We’re becoming more and more comfortable as a team, so I was looking forward to doing my part for the girls today.
“I was a little bit disappointed with the goal I conceded so I thought I better step up and makes sure we win this.
“We’re a young group, we’ve struggled a little bit with injuries and I think, to be honest, we’ve put in some great performances here.
“Results haven’t quite gone our way but it’s the top eight in the world – it’s always going to be a  tough one and I think we’ve got a lot of positives to take back home with us.”
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