England beat India to reach semi-finals

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Alex Danson (centre) has now scored 103 international goals for England

England beat India 4-1 to reach the last four at the Women’s Hockey World League semi-finals in Johannesburg.

England, ranked second in the world, were strong favourites and led 2-0 in the first quarter courtesy of goals from Giselle Ansley and Alex Danson.

Susannah Townsend then finished off Hannah Martin’s run before Gurjit Kaur pulled one back from a penalty corner.

Martin netted one of her own late on as England progressed to face USA in the semi-final on Thursday.

USA beat Japan 1-0 in their quarter-final with Argentina defeating Ireland 2-1. Argentina will face either Germany or hosts South Africa in the other semi-final.

The top four teams from the Johannesburg tournament will go through to the World League Finals in New Zealand in November.

Ireland beaten by Argentina in World League quarter-final

Ansley put England ahead from the penalty spot before Danson reacted quickest as the umpire played advantage to hammer in from close range.

India hit the post late in the second quarter and piled on the pressure before half-time but could not find the target from their penalty corners.

They were left to rue their mistakes when England grabbed a third goal – their best of the match – as Martin dribbled to the by-line and found Townsend.

India finally scored through Kaur’s low flick into the bottom-right corner but Martin wrapped up an easy victory for England.

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