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Heartbreak for Hannah Martin and England as USA win in South Africa

PUBLISHED: 11:25 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:25 21 July 2017

World League semi-finals: England 1 USA 1: USA won the shoot-out

Hannah Martin was on target for a second game running, but it proved in vain as the USA defeated England in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the Hockey World League semi-finals.

Captain Melissa Gonzalez netted the winning penalty despite Maddie Hinch’s best efforts, the England stopper making four stops in the shoot-out itself.

Former Ipswich School pupil, Martin, had given England the lead in normal time, a lead that they kept until the closing minutes.

But Jill Witmer levelled to send the game to the shoot-out – the USA will now play Germany in the final.

Reflecting on the match, coach David Ralph said: “We are disappointed with the result tonight. It was an intense, tight game that unfortunately didn’t go our way.

“This is a great group though and we will regroup and look forward to playing Argentina on Sunday.”

That game starts at 10am UK time – live on BT Sport.

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Ipswich Town host Sheffield Wednesday in a televised Championship clash (Sky Sports) tomorrow night.

Episode One: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren discuss Ipswich Town’s draw at Hull City, hear from Mick McCarthy and Jordan Spence and make the first pitches for football’s Room 101.

Jordan Spence has been telling his Ipswich Town team-mates just how much of a threat he is in front of goal - and the defender is delighted to be proving his point on the field.

Suffolk FA Women’s Cup Second Round

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Ipswich Town Ladies Development side 14

Ipswich Town Ladies Development side progressed to the next round of the Suffolk FA Cup with a massive 14-0 thumping of Suffolk league side Ipswich Athletic, writes Liam Young.

Focus on the strengths, recognise the weaknesses and enjoy the ride.

“We might not be the best, but we keep going. It’s an endearing quality we have.”

Watch match highlights of Ipswich Town’s 2-2 draw at Hull City on Saturday.

A point at Hull City should not be seen as anything other than a good result ordinarily and the fact that we gained that point with a late equaliser certainly felt better than a loss. But were they not there for the taking on the day?

It was certainly an eventful day for David McGoldrick.

Jordan Spence believes his late leveller at Hull shows the character of the Ipswich Town squad.

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