England have earned a place in the quarter-finals ©FIH

England became the first team to secure a quarter-final place at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Women's Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom.

England had overcome hosts South Africa in their opening Pool B match yesterday, with Ireland providing their latest opponents today.

Caoimhe Perdue gave Ireland a fourth minute lead in the contest, but Millie Giglio replied five minutes later for England.

Vicki McCabe scored the winner in the 43rd minute, with her effort giving England a 2-1 victory.

The result confirms England as Pool B winners after two matches, leaving Ireland and South Africa battling to advance as the runners-up.

Pool B only includes three teams, with Ukraine having been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to Russia’s invasion.

The Netherlands look set to join England in the last eight of the tournament, after cruising to a second win in Pool A.

Jip Dicke scored four goals in their 11-0 victory over Canada, while Luna Fokke scored her second successive hat-trick at the tournament.

The United States bounced back from their 9-0 loss to the Netherlands on the opening day, with their second match ending in a 5-0 win over Zimbabwe.

Pool A is due to conclude on Monday (April 4), when the Netherlands are scheduled to face Zimbabwe and the US are set to take on Canada.

Germany, who won the inaugural tournament in 1989, opened their Pool D campaign today in impressive fashion.

Aina Kreksen scored three of their goals in a 10-0 win over Malaysia.

India were 5-1 winners over Wales in the same pool.

Germany and India are due to meet in the second round of Pool D matches tomorrow, with Malaysia scheduled to play Wales.

Pool C competition is also due to resume tomorrow.

Defending champions Argentina are set to take on South Korea, with both nations seeking their second victories.

Austria and Uruguay will hope to respond to defeats in their first matches in their scheduled meeting in Pool C.

India and Germany are set to clash in Pool D after winning their opening fixtures, while Malaysia and Wales will be targeting their first wins of the competition in their scheduled meeting.