Late leveller holds England at hockey World League

24 June 2013 / 09:01

Australia's Jodie Schultz snatched a late penalty corner equaliser as hosts England were held to a 1-1 draw at the hockey World League semi-finals in London.

Jason Lee's young side - who include eight members of the bronze medal winning British team from last year's London 2012 Olympics - matched the early exchanges against the world number six Hockeyroos.

Hollie Webb's 25th minute penalty corner - her first international goal - broke the deadlock and Alex Danson nearly doubled their advantage shortly before half-time.

But Australia's push for an equaliser was rewarded ten minutes from time when Schultz finally converted after a succession of penalty corners had been repelled by keeper Maddie Hinch and the England defence.

“They’re a young team and we found ourselves defending for large periods of the second half today as Australia pushed for an equaliser," said England head coach Lee. 

"Inevitably with the younger players, we did start to physically struggle in the latter stages, however I thought we defended defiantly. 

"Although it’s not the style of play I want the girls to play in, I was really impressed that we managed to keep Australia at bay and take a point from the game.”

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