England's Women won their first match in the World Cup 10-1 over South Africa.
England 10 – 1 South Africa
World Deaf Championship, Women's Competition
2-12 July, 2008
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England's Women got off to the best of starts in their World Cup campaign with a convincing 10-1 win over South Africa in Patras on Wednesday.
An opening goal from Susan McKeown put England in a commanding position and despite the warm conditions early in the morning, they continued to keep the ball well, making it difficult for South Africa.
England grabbed further goals in a positive first period, including a hat-trick from Claire Staincliffe, while Damaris Coke converted from a penalty and a brace from Stephanie Herbert took the score to 6-0.
South Africa broke away shortly before the half time to pull one back, but it was to prove a mere consolation.
The second half was much the same story as the first, and it was not long before Camilla Willis had restored the Three Lions' six goal advantage.
South Africa had put up a brave fight, but could not prevent England from cruising to victory with further goals from Esther Maycock, Cath Eyley and Claire Staincliffe bagging her fourth.
Women Team Manager, Julie Callaghan, was delighted after the final whistle: “It was a very pleasing start in warm conditions. We wanted to get three points on the board before we face Germany tomorrow”
She added: “There were some good performance with a great score line that gives the squad a great platform to build on.”
The Three Lions face Germany in their second match of the Championship on Thursday kicking off at 6.30pm (local time) at Universal Pitch, Patras.
Carly Waters, Susanna Kenward, Esther Maycock, Lydia Docker, Laura Wiseman, Danielle Evans, Susan McKeown, Damaris Cooke, Claire Staincliffe, Camilla Willis, Stephanie Herbert,
Subs Natasha Ryan (GK), Annie Straw, Katie Bailey, Lisa Nepean, Cath Eyley, Donna Cross, Sarah Page