Jane Sixsmith, who on Wednesday had scored a precious goal in England's 1-1 draw with the Olympic champions, Australia, was again on target in the 17th minute of England's game against Korea, the Olympic silver medallists, in the Korean Telecom Cup in Seoul yesterday.
In a classic game of flowing hockey, England's goal came after an exchange of passes between Sixsmith and Tina Cullen, Sixsmith's powerful shotbeating the Korean goalkeeper.
A diving penalty stroke save by Hilary Rose from Kyung A Lee after Karen Brown was judged to have obstructed the Korean player on the interval, kept England's hopes of their first-ever victory against Korea alive.
Nine minutes into the second half Korea were on terms. A powerful drive down Korea's left wing ended with Ji Young Lee deflecting the ball in. With just two minutes remaining Eun Young Lee slammed in the winner from the top of the circle.
A win for England in their final game tomorrow against Argentina should give them a share in the $25,000 (pounds 15,000) prize-money, being offered for the first time in the women's game.
ENGLAND: H Rose (University of Massachusetts); K Brown (Slough); J Empsom (Canterbury), K Bowden (Leicester), J Mould (Leicester); M Nicholls (Slough), M Davies (Sutton Coldfield, capt), L Wright (Olton Terraquest); J Sixsmith (Sutton Coldfield), T Cullen (Hightown), P Miller (Leicester).Substitutes used: J Smith (Slough), L Copeland (Slough), C Voss (Leicester), D Marston- Smith (Clifton).
KOREA: Deok San Jin; Eun Jung Cho; Ok Nam Park, Shin Seung Oh, Eun Kyung Choi; Kwan Sool Choi, Ji Young Lee, Myung Ok Kim, Eun Young Lee, Kwan Soon Choi, Eun Kyung Park. Substitutes used: JaeSook You, Eun Jim Kin, Soo Jung Kim, Kyung A Lee.
Umpires: L Crespo (Arg) and P Buckley (Aus).Reuse content