Ellie and England win Investec London Cup ahead of Commonwealth Games

England's Kate Richardson-Walsh lifts the London Cup after defeating South Africa in the final  at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, east London, 13th July 2014. Photo: Ady Kerry EMN-140714-130727001
England's Kate Richardson-Walsh lifts the London Cup after defeating South Africa in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, east London, 13th July 2014. Photo: Ady Kerry EMN-140714-130727001
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Oakham teacher Ellie Watton helped England win the Investec London Cup on Sunday.

The Oakham School teacher scored twice in the group stages as England took the title after going unbeaten in the tournament at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Watton, 25, scored a vital goal in a narrow 2-1 victory over Scotland on Saturday to take the host nation through to the final.

Alex Bray attacked the baseline and pulled the ball back to Alex Danson, who hammered her shot into the roof of Scotland’s goal to give England a 1-0 half time lead. Danson was also at the heart of the second England goal, this time creating a chance with her pace and timing her pass perfectly to Watton who was on hand at exactly the right moment to slot the ball home and extend their lead.

Nikki Kidd got a goal back for Scotland but they could not find an equaliser.

England reached the final after beating Wales 7-0 in the opening match on Wednesday where Watton also got on the scoreboard.

In England’s second game at the Investec London Cup on Thursday they beat world number 11 side South Africa, a familiar foe who three weeks ago caused an upset at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup after inflicting a 4-1 defeat.

On home turf today however, England turned their fortunes around and ran out 2-1 winners.

In the final England once again faced South Africa, and proved their earlier victory had been no fluke by winning by the same margin to lift the trophy and give themselves renewed confidence ahead of the Commonwealth Games at the end of the month.

England started strongly, winning the first penalty corner of the game within two minutes of push back, which led to Nicola White opening the scoring – deflecting home a low drag flick from Sam Quek.

South Africa levelled through Jade Mayne but with six minutes left on the clock Sam Quek slotted home a penalty to win the match.