Three Lions hit double figures against Koreans.
By Matt Phillips
Merseyside’s Michael Barker and George Fletcher both scored hat-tricks as England hit double-figures against South Korea at the Cerebral Palsy World Cup in the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon.
The twelve goal haul earned England their first points of the tournament and means that they’ll qualify for the Quarter Finals by avoiding defeat against Argentina on Thursday.
And Head Coach Lyndon Lynch was delighted with England’s landslide win after their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Russia on Sunday:
“It’s great to bounce back with a big win like that," he said. "We knew the Russia game would be very difficult as they’re one of the pre-tournament favourites but we showed some real quality against South Korea and it’s a real confidence boost for the team.”
Alistair Heselton celebrated his debut with the opening goal for England inside five minutes before Martin Sinclair doubled the lead after 28 minutes: “It was great to score so early and it calmed a few nerves I’m sure,” explained Lynch.
“It was a great start for the team and we probably took our foot off the gas for a while after that in all honesty. But Martin’s goal came at the right time and there was no looking back for us.”
England’s pace and power proved too much for South Korea in the second half as the Three Lions smashed seven goal inside 17 minutes.
And Fletcher and Barker both secured their hat-tricks with fantastic finishes – Fletcher’s 20 yard strike hit the net with such ferocity that it lifted the goal frame into the air on 43 while Barker’s third goal just five minutes later was a superb little chip over the keeper.
Emyle Rudder, Karl Townshend and Matt Dimbylow also found the net to cap a great afternoon for England.
“We won’t be resting on our laurels and it will be straight into training on Wednesday,” added Lynch.
“The South Korea game didn’t take too much out of us and there aren’t any injuries in the squad so everyone will be vying for a place against Argentina on Thursday.
“We only need a draw to take us through to the Quarter Finals but that’s not our style really. We’re always looking to win football matches and we’ll have that attitude against Argentina for sure.”