It was yet another cruel blow for England’s women last night as they suffered semi-final heartbreak once again, this time at the hands of defending champions the USA in Lyon.
Phil Neville’s side entered the game with high hopes of being the first England senior side since the 1966 men’s World Cup to reach the final and gain revenge after missing out at the last four stage last time out in Canada.
But it wasn’t to be for his squad and, in particular, one member who hails from Rochdale.
Keira Walsh was born in Rochdale back in 1997, her family still call the borough home, and used to attend Rochdale FC’s Community Trust summer soccer camps as a youngster.
Since then she progressed through Blackburn Rovers’ youth academy and now plys her trade with the incredibly successful Manchester City Ladies team featuring a number of her England team mates.
22-year old Keira started the game in Lyon on Tuesday night (2nd July) and delivered a wonderful cross-field ball to Beth Mead on the left-hand side, she provided the cross for Ellen White to steer home and bring England level with the USA.
It wasn’t to last though as the USA re-took the lead and were able to hold on despite Ellen White having a leveller ruled out for offside and Keira Walsh’s City captain, Steph Houghton missing a penalty with less than ten minutes to go.
Walsh’s night ended early as she was substituted 19 minutes from the end but her side couldn’t come back and will now play for the bronze medal in Saturday’s third and fourth playoff in Nice.