England’s women will fight for Gold Coast 2018 bronze after agonisingly losing to New Zealand on penalties at the end of a gripping match.
Stacey Michelsen was the player to break English hearts as she scored the decisive final penalty following the goalless game, calmly lifting the ball over Maddie Hinch to send her team into the final.
England had taken the initial lead in the shootout through Hannah Martin but Samantha Harrison equalised shortly after before Grace O’Hanlon – who only came off the bench for the shootout - made two great saves to keep out Anna Toman and Hollie Pearne-Webb.
Michelsen then proved to be the hero of the day, although England should be incredibly proud of themselves after an impressive performance against the world number four side.
England will now fight for the bronze medal at 01:30 BST on Saturday 14 April.
England Starting XI: Hinch (GK), Ansley, Lane, Toman, Pearne-Webb, Unsworth, Haycroft, Townsend, Bray, Danson (C), Watton
Subs: Tennant (GK), Petty, Balsdon, Defroand, Hunter, Martin, Rayer
photos Janos Schmidt