EuroHockey 2015: England women fight back to beat Scotland

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England edge Scotland in Euro opener
EuroHockey Championships
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Dates: 21-30 August
Coverage: All England, Scotland and Ireland matches live on BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, tablets, mobiles and app, plus selected commentaries on Radio 5 live sports extra

England women began their EuroHockey campaign with a 2-1 win over Scotland in Pool B at London's Olympic Park.

Kareena Marshall gave Scotland the lead after three minutes following a well-worked penalty corner routine.

England captain Kate Richardson-Wa lsh levelled the scores directly from a penalty corner on 10 minutes.

Helen Richardson-Walsh then put the home team ahead 10 minutes later with a sharp finish after a surging run from Lily Owsley.

Germany and Italy are the other teams in Pool B, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals on Friday.

England's Kate Richardson-Walsh
Kate Richardson-Walsh gives England the lead from a penalty corner

Saturday's match saw the return of Olympic bronze medallist Ashleigh Ball, who only got a call into the squad on Friday after Joie Leigh withdrew through illness.

After a year out with a knee injury she described her return as as "emotional".

The midfielder told BBC Sport: "It's amazing, it's been a year of a roller coaster with some heavy knocks along the way. It was special, the knee feels great."

The 29-year-old said she got the call-up from coach Danny Kerry while she was in the hairdressers. "It was awkward and a little bit of a shock, but I said I'm on my way," she added.

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