Hockey: England lose on penalties to Germany
CHELTENHAM’S Olympic hockey star Ashleigh Ball earned herself a silver medal as a penalty shoot-out against Germany caused heartbreak for England.
The first half saw seven goals in exhilarating end-to-end hockey in the Eurohockey Championship final in Antwerp, Belgium.
As the sides went in at half-time England trailed by one goal, but they found the equaliser with four minutes to go.
With four goals apiece at the end of full-time it went to a penalty shoot-out to decide the champions.
After their shoot-out win against the Netherlands there were high hopes for England, but Germany had other ideas and after scoring two from four and England failing to convert any of their chances the game was lost.
It was England’s best finish in a European Championship since 1991.
Former St Edward’s School pupil Ashleigh Ball came on as a substitute in the final.
The silver medal adds to the bronze she won with the Great Britain team at last summer’s Olympics.