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Dream is still alive for Ulster trio as England reach last four

 

Mark Gleghorne
Mark Gleghorne

By Graham Hamilton

England are through to the World Cup semi-finals in India after knocking out Olympic champions Argentina 3-2 at the Kalinga Stadium yesterday.

And that means the chances of an Ulsterman coming home with a world medal are rising, with Mark Gleghorne, David Ames and Ian Sloan all contributing to their success.

Goals from Barry Middleton, Will Calnan and Harry Martin did the trick, and either Belgium or Germany - who play this morning - stand in their way of reaching the decider.

It was a slow start from Danny Kerry's team, drawing 2-2 with China and losing 3-0 to Argentina, but then came that 4-2 win over Ireland to qualify for the crossovers.

And they have been growing in confidence since, beating New Zealand 2-0 and now world No.2 Argentina.

England went a goal down to Gonzalo Peillat's penalty corner, but Middleton levelled after good work from man of the match Liam Ansell.

Then Calnan put them ahead before Peillata got his sixth goal of the tournament to make it 2-2 with 12 minutes to go.

But England's response was immediate and Martin forced in the winner to set up Saturday morning's semi-final (10.30am).

They are joined in the last four by Australia, who await the winners of today's other game between India and Netherlands.

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