Saturday, April 12, 2014

CWPC 2014: England win gold after win against Canada

England 10  v Canada  9   (3-3, 3-0,3-2, 1-4)

Four goals from Ciara Gibson-Byrne helped England on their way to the gold medal as they beat Canada 10-9 this afternoon.

Despite a dominant performance from England, they had to avoid some last minute pressure to claim gold at the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships.

Canada looking to do the double of England this week started the better, as Nikolina Mihajlovic put them ahead in the first minute but Ciara Gibson-Byrne soon equalised.

England then took the lead through Hazel Musgrove but two goals from Canada’s forwards Kyra Christmas and Kelsey McKelvey put them ahead. There was enough time in the quarter for Musgrove to score her second and England’s third.

England were looking for revenge and started to gather momentum in the second quarter, racing to a 6-3 lead on the strike of half-time. Angie Winstanley-Smith and two more for Gibson-Byrne as England kept a clean sheet in that quarter.

Despite an early Kelly Matthews goal in the second half, the English team continued to gather momentum in the third quarter, Aine Hoy scoring a quick double to strengthened her side’s lead to four goals.

As England tried to kill the game, they left gaps at the back which allowed Kyra Christmas through to set up Axelle Crevier for Canada’s fifth.

Winstanley-Smith was marked out of the game when the two teams met in the group stages but she made sure she affected this game, winning a penalty just before the end of the third quarter which was scored by Gibson-Byrne. 9-5 England at the end of the third quarter.

Victory was all but secured early in the fourth as Musgrove scored her third to give England a 10-5 lead.

There was tension in the closing stages though, with five minutes remaining Canada were given hope thanks to a quickfire double from Amy Yule to reduce England’s lead to three.

The England faithful started to get nervous as Virginia Smith found space at the back post to net Canada’s eighth.

They became even more nervous with 70 seconds left Kelly Matthews reduced the deficit to just one but they held on to claim the gold.

Final Score England 10  -  Canada  9


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