Winstanley-Smith inspires another England win

7 April 2014

England made it two wins in two to go top of the league after another comfortable win and dominant display by centre forward Angie Winstanley-Smith on Day three of the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships.

England faced a South African side playing their first game of the tournament and despite close first and fourth quarters, enjoyed a comfortable 9-3 (1-0, 2-0,2-0, 4-3) win.

Although the South African defence was strong, Winstanley-Smith opened the scoring after three minutes, tapping home after good work from Ciara Gibson-Byrne.

England's defence proved just as good, keeping a clean sheet and going into the breadk 1-0 up.

During the second quarter Winstanley-Smith saw an inspired backhand effort hit the post. Moments later though she doubled England’s lead by scoring from the pit after shrugging off her marker before finding the net.

England were then awarded a controversial penalty as Marcelle Manson was judged to have fouled Hazel Musgrove. Gibson-Byrne swum up and sent Anke Jacobs the wrong way to go into half time 3-0.

The second half saw much of the same with Winstanley-Smith completing her hat trick within one minute of the restart.

Goalkeeper Jade Smith continued to impress by saving a penalty from South Africa's Kelsey White midway through the third quarter.

Ella Chadderton made it 5-0 late in third quarter, finding space before firing her shot across the keeper.

Smith was finally beaten in the fourth quarter as Tarryn Schooling managed to send her the wrong way from the penalty spot, giving South Africa their first goal of the tournament.

But England soon restored their five goal lead as Winstanley-Smith was found in the pit by Chloe Wilcox.

South Africa then grabbed a second moments later with Tammy Heydenrych scoring from close range.

Wilcox and Gibson-Byrn converted two penalties in quick succession, with Rosie Huck scoring Englands ninth goal after latching onto a long ball from Smith.

With England pressing for a tenth, it was Jacobs’ turn to play a long ball up to her forward Kelsey White who also scored just before the end making the final score England 9 - 3 South Africa.

Commonwealth Water Polo Championships 2014

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