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Report: Owsley Helps England To EuroHockey Championship Title

England 2-2 Netherlands (3-1 after penalties)
Unibet EuroHockey Championships Final

An England team featuring Bristol's Lily Owsley were crowned champions of Europe after a dramatic shootout win over the Netherlands in the final of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships.

After coming from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw, England won the shootout 3-1 thanks in part to the heroics of goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, who saved three times to condemn the Dutch to silver. 

England produced an incredible late comeback, surviving a huge and sustained Dutch barrage to land their second EuroHockey Championships with Maddie Hinch producing one of the performances for the ages.

They eventually prevailed in a shoot-out 3-1 coming back from 2-0 down with eight minutes to go in regular time to win in the most dramatic of fashion.

Former Clifton hockey player Owsley fired a last-gasp equaliser for England before the dramatic penalty shootout.

Speaking on Twitter, the 20-year-old was clearly delighted with the victory, stating: "No words will do this feeling justice."

Caia van Maasakker’s third quarter penalty corner double looked to have won the tie for the Dutch as they eventually broke through a blood and guts English defence. She found her range from the eighth and ninth Dutch penalty corners, finally finding a route past the superb defences of Hinch who kept out 22 shots on target overall.

But England produced a rousing comeback in front of the capacity crowd at Lee Valley with Sophie Bray and Owsley’s corner rebounds in the closing eight minutes, earning their shoot-out chance.