The Hockey World Cup hosted at Greenfields Stadium saw South Africa surprise England 4-1 on Friday. The South Africans got a much needed win after starting the World Cup games on a bad note. The South African women had a wonderful start to this clash against the third-ranked English.
An early goal in the 17th minute from Kathleen Taylor set the tone for the African champions. South African showed good ball control and managed to penetrate the circle a few times more before doubling their advantage. The 32nd minute saw Sulette Damons net a second goal for her country putting them comfortably ahead at 2-0.
The South Africans did not hold back as they saw a window of opportunity to increase their lead. The tempo carried on at the beginning of the second half when Shelley Russell scored the third goal to all but wrap up what would be a famous victory. A few minutes later Dirkie Chamberlain netted a fourth goal to drive the nail firmly into the English coffin.
England finally managed to make a dent on the scoreboard but it was nothing but a consolation goal from Nicola White. After a bad start to the World Cup the South Africans women team finally their first win of the tournament 4-1 and will now look to achieve their goal of finishing higher in the Netherlands than their world ranking.