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England complete 5-0 series whitewash v Israel

England pulled it out of the bag once again with a fourth-quarter revival to defeat Israel 8-7 and complete the 5-0 series whitewash.

Ryan Hunns’ third goal of the game with five minutes to go proved the match winner after a four-goal swing had Israel ahead midway through the last quarter.

Following Saturday’s commanding 12-5 win in Herzliya, Team England went into the last match in Netanya, played in the shadows of the stadium that will host July’s opening ceremony and gold medal match, eyeing up a 100% tour record.

And things got off to the perfect start with the boys racing into an early 3-0 lead in Q1.

Josh-Sherry Brennan got the scoring underway, before turning provider for Zac Guy scoring with a good turn and shot coming off the crease that bounced high up on to the bar and in on an EMO and then Ryan Hunns finishing a simple move off unmarked.

The second quarter was a more even contest with chances at both ends, and a series of back-and-forth goals followed.

Will Hardy scored off another EMO from distance, Hunns added another to his tally  with a top corner arrow and Alex Russell finished off a fast break straight from a face-off.

The goals were always in response to efforts from Israel as England did all that was necessary to maintain a healthy 6-3 lead going into half-time and always looking comfortable.

However, come the third quarter and soon came the familiar Israel rally as they looked to finish the series off on a high.

As the temperature rose, and perhaps some fatigue setting in after the demanding schedule, which had seen a few of the Israelis sit out Saturday’s game, England’s attack began to struggle and some uncharacteristic handling errors across the pitch presented the hosts with greater opportunities.

By the end of Q3 Israel had levelled things up and when Ori Bar David put them ahead for the first time, the red-and-white needed to draw from the reserves one final time.

And in the resilient manner we’ve seen all tour, the team rose to the challenge once again.

Sherry-Brennan doubled his tally to tie the game and in a nice moment of symmetry, just as in the first game of the tour, Hunns completed his hat-trick to give England victory an 8-7 win to round off the tour in style.

There was still some defending to do with Israel holding possession with 1:00 on the clock but the defence held firm superbly, never allowing any meaningful shot on goal opportunity and seeing out a well-earned win.

England win series 5-0 v Israel

Kiryat Gat – 7-6
Jerusalem – 8-6
Ashkelon – 10-9
Herzliya – 12-5
Netanya – 8-7

Tour Squad: Andrew Baxter, Will Baxter, Joe Baythorpe, Alistair Berven, Tom Bracegirdle, Tom Brook, Hal Dwobeng, Zac Guy, Will Hardy, Ryan Hunns, Josh Hurry, Tommy Kirkland, Elliot Leonard, Jake Parker, Sam Patterson, James Ready, Alex Russell, Sam Russell, Josh Sherry-Brennan, Dan Smith, Ryan Sweetman, Jak Wawrzyniak

Goal Tally: Josh Sherry-Brennan (9); Ryan Hunns (8); Alex Russell (7); Zac Guy (5); Will Hardy (4); Ryan Sweetman (3); Elliot Leonard (2); Joe Baythorpe, Tom Brook, Jake Parker, Sam Patterson, James Ready, Sam Russell & Jak Wawrzyniak ALL (1)