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Alex bids for England hockey glory
8:10am Saturday 24th August 2013 in Sport
The former Trojans player will be part of the team that will face Germany in this afternoon’s showdown, in Antwerp, writes GORDON SIMPSON.
Danson scored the decisive penalty in Thursday’s semi-final shootout win over Olympic champions the Netherlands to book England’s place in the gold medal match.
It is the first time in 22 years that the women’s team have made it through to the final.
England have already suffered defeat against the Germans in this year’s tournament, but the narrow 2-1 loss in the group stage is unlikely to dent their confidence.
Danson’s teammate Hollie Webb said: “I think we go into the final believing we can win it.
“We only just lost to them in the week and we are confident we can turn that around.
“With the players we’ve got, we know we have the ability and the belief to put it to them and win.”
Head coach Jason Lee added: “I knew we could do something special. I also think we’re in a great place to go and take the title now as well.”
After surviving a Dutch onslaught in the first half of their semi-final, England snatched a 40th-minute lead, when Sally Walton’s ball into the danger zone was deflected past Dutch keeper Joyce Sombroek by her own player, Kitty van Male.
The world’s number-one team levelled 12 minutes later, however, as Eva do Goede scored a stunning reverse stick strike from the top of the circle.
The match then went to penalties, with the scores tied at 2-2 after the first five.
That took it to sudden death, where Danson, who had converted earlier in the shootout, once again scored, before Maddie Hinch saved, sending England through.
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