Hockey: Smith in great touch

United States 0 England 1
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Jane Smith, a 48th-minute substitute, dived full length with splendid anticipation to score the goal in the 63rd minute which gave the young England side a hard-fought victory against the Americans. It reversed the score when the teams last met in the 1994 World Cup.

England exploited their youth policy in this opening game in the Five Nations tournament in Vancouver with all six uncapped players starting with the previously uncapped Lisa Copeland giving a tenacious performance.

Opening their tough programme of four matches in four days under an overcast evening sky and floodlights, England took time to settle and might have conceded an early goal. But, with goalkeeper Hilary Rose in form, they held the Americans at bay.

While England's counter- attacks came mainly down the right, the Americans held out until seven minutes from the end when Smith struck for the winner.

Earlier Canada, with a goal from Aoibhinn Grimes two minutes after the interval, beat Ireland 1-0.

UNITED STATES: A Wieland; J Reeve (capt); T Burdt, E Tchou, C DeBow; K Holmes, K James, T Fuchs; K Kauffman, R Aspelin, T Maguire. Substitutes used: P Storrar; J Reeve, J Salisbury, C Tagliente.

ENGLAND: H Rose (Sutton Coldfield); K Brown (Slough); M Davies (Sutton Coldfield), J Mould (Balsam Leicester), L Copeland (Slough, capt); D Marston- Smith (Clifton), L Newcombe (Hightown), P Miller (Balsam Leicester); S Blanks (Balsam Leicester), L Wright (Plton), C Voss (Balsam Leicester). Substitutes used: C Reid (Hightown), K Bowden (Balsam Leicester), T Cullen (Hightown), J Smith (Slough), J Empson (Canterbury).

Umpires: J McClintock (Can) & A McCloskey (Irl).