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Gold Coast Day 8 - Agonising defeat for England, wins for Scotland & Wales

Townsend & Tennant v New Zealand CWG 2018
England’s women suffered heartbreak in the semi-finals of Gold Coast 2018 as they lost to New Zealand 2-1 on penalties after the game finished 0-0.

Both sides created plenty of chances in an exciting, fluid game – which was Alex Danson’s 300th international appearance - with Laura Unsworth coming closest to scoring for England, only to see Brooke Neal deflect her corner flick just past the post. 

At the other end Maddie Hinch pulled off a stunning save to stop Olivia Merry’s effort on the stroke of full-time before stopping three penalties from going past her in the shootout.

However there was nothing she could do to stop Stacey Michelsen’s beautifully lifted effort to give the Black Sticks the win after Samantha Harrison levelled the scores after Hannah Martin’s opener.

That result means England will face India in the bronze medal match at 01:30 BST on Saturday, a game they will certainly be up for having lost to them in the pool stages.

There was plenty of shootout success for Wales’ women however as they beat Ghana 2-0 on penalties to finish 9th overall.

Rose Thomas was to prove to be their hero as she showed no nerves to save two of the four Ghanaian efforts while Sian French and Sarah Jones were calmness personified while scoring theirs to ensure their side ended the Games as they started them – in winning fashion.

It came after a scare though as their African opponents scored their first goal of the tournament to give themselves the lead in the third quarter, but Tina Evans used her experience to full affect to equalise with seven minutes left.

Scotland’s women also ended their campaign in winning fashion as they put in another sterling display to beat Malaysia 4-2 and end their tournament in seventh place.

They continued the good form they showed against reigning champions Australia in their final group game and found themselves 3-0 by half-time thanks to Millie Brown and an Amy Brodie double.

Two Malaysia goals in the third quarter gave them hope of a dramatic comeback but Lucy Lanigan put pay to that with nine minutes remaining.

Tomorrow sees the return of the men’s teams with all three of the Home Nations in action with England looking to reach the final, Scotland guaranteed their highest ever Commonwealth Games finish and Wales looking to repeat their ninth-placed finish from four years ago.

South Africa M v Wales M (9th/10th play-off) – 23:30 BST (Thu 12 Apr)
Scotland M v Malaysia M (5th/6th play-off) – 07:15 BST
Australia M v England M (semi-final) – 12:45 BST
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