England’s women qualified for the semi-finals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games with victory over Malaysia.
Ellie Watton’s brilliant effort early on gave the silver medallists from four years ago a lead they never looked back from, with Hannah Martin and Sophie Bray adding to the scoring in the second half.
It didn’t goal completely England’s way however as they were denied on several occasions by an inspired Farah Yahya, who pulled off two brilliant saves to keep out penalty strokes.
But in a gruelling game they were to prove too strong for their opponents as they booked their place in the final four for the sixth straight Games. England’s semi-final will take place on Thursday 12 April.
Speaking after the match head coach Danny Kerry said: “We created a bucket full of chances against a side who were set on keeping their goal difference respectful for their pool position.
“We are disappointed on not converting the strokes, corners and chances but we have qualified for the semi-finals and will focus on preparing for the very significant uplift in the speed of the game we will now face.
“This continues to be a tremendous experience for a large number of players getting exposed to senior hockey against a wide variety of styles.”
England Starting XI: Hinch, Ansley, Balsdon, Toman, Unsworth, Pearne-Webb (C), Haycroft, Martin, Townsend, Watton, Bray
Subs: Tennant (GK), Lane, Petty, Defroand, Hunter, Rayer