With a full house watching on, the atmosphere during the contest between home favourites England (WR:2) and Asian continental champions India (WR:10) was intense throughout. 

England thrilled the home fans by winning but failing to convert a penalty corner in the opening seconds, but India were far from overawed by the occasion. 

The Eves were the first team to have a shot in anger, with England’s Maddie Hinch comfortably kicking clear a strike from Navjot Kaur. 

England had a penalty stroke overturned by the video umpire in a second quarter where they were unusually wasteful in front of goal, something that they were left to rue in the 25th minute when Neha Goyal deflected home from close range to give India a 1-0 lead at half time.

The hosts spent most of the third quarter camped in Indian territory, with Alex Danson and Lily Owsley both growing in stature as the game progressed thanks to their trademark bursts forward. Owsley was particularly influential in the final quarter, and when Hinch was replaced with an attacking player with ten minutes remaining, the breakthrough that England had been searching for arrived.

Owsley was the scorer of the equaliser, forcing home from close range six minutes from time after India failed to effectively clear their lines from a penalty corner, ensuring that the match finished with the honours even at 1-1.

Goalscorer Lily Owsley said after the match “I’m feeling good after that game, we got a point when we were behind for much of the game. It felt like the whole crowd was behind us, and it really pulled us back in the last quarter. 
“It was emotional, and I feel so proud to be part of this team and part of this amazing event, I wish we could have given everyone who came out today three points.”
Looking forward to the rest of the event, Lily said, “These tournaments are all about momentum, you snowball it and take the good out of games like these. We will learn from this game, we showed a lot of strength and character, and I’m sure we’ll carry it through to the next match against the USA.”


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