On-song SA women beat England 4-1

2013-02-05 00:00

THE South African women’s hockey team beat England 4-1 in the Investec Challenge at Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town last night after leading 2-0 at half time.

Pietie Coetzee took her world record goal tally to 260 goals in 259 Test matches with penalty corner strikes in each half, the rest going to Tarryn Bright and Marsha Marescia, while Dilly Newton pulled one back for England.

The match started at a very fast pace and a heavy tackle on striker Sulette Damons brought the first PC after five minutes. Coetzee stepped up to place a pinpoint drag-flick that fizzed across the synthetic turf into the corner of the backboard (1-0).

Two minutes from half time a super-sharp Dirkie Chamberlain intercepted before feeding Bernie Coston, whose powerful shot was well saved by keeper Maddie Hinch, only for Bright to tap in the rebound (2-0).

Goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa’s remarkable ability to keep SA in the game was amplified when the girls in green and gold sped away to win their second PC and Coetzee sent her flick soaring just inside the far post (3-0).

In the 50th minute a slip-left move off SA’s second PC in succession saw Bright’s shot find Hinch’s leg protectors, but corner injector Marescia slapped in the rebound (4-0).

England continued pressing and Dilly Newton finally breached the Mangisa wall with a conventional penalty corner hit four minutes from the end.

In the early game The Netherlands were held 2-2 by Australia.

TODAY'S MATCHES

6 pm: The Netherlands vs England

8 pm: South Africa vs Australia

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