Great Britain Women lost 4-2 to Australia on Sunday afternoon, scoring two goals in the last seventeen minutes after going 4-0 down in the 37th minute.
The first quarter was a relatively quiet affair, Surbiton’s Hannah Martin firing over in the third minute.
Australia took control early in the second quarter, stunning Great Britain with three goals in a five minute spell.
First, Maddy Fitzpatrick converted Australia’s first penalty corner in the 18th minute and before the minute was over, Brooke Peris took full advantage of a GB turnover to finish perfectly and double Australia’s advantage.
In the 23rd minute, luck was not on Great Britain’s side as Jane Claxton added a third, home goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch deceived by a cruel deflection off a defensive stick.
Australia had their own problems with Ambrosia Malone and Edwina Bone both having to leave the pitch after head injuries.
Surbiton’s Jo Hunter made her 50th combined international appearance but was unlucky not to celebrate with a goal, first thwarted by the right post before putting the ball wide of the left post from a penalty corner three minutes before half time and then just failed to score with a deflection four minutes into the second half.
In the 37th minute, Mariah Williams smashed the ball into the goal to all but confirm Australia’s victory with a 4-0 lead, but Surbiton’s Izzy Petter came close to an immediate response after her shot was deflected wide of the left post.
Unknowingly, Great Britain found a way to score from two penalty corner rebounds. First Surbiton’s Hollie Pearne-Webb, the GB captain put away a rebound in the 43rd minute and then ten minutes later, Tess Howard capitalised on the rebound after Australia goalkeeper Rachael Lynch saved from Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley’s drag-flick.
Surbiton’s Emily Defroand also went close with Hinch replaced by an eleventh outfield player with just over six minutes remaining, but although Australia failed to add to their lead, Great Britain in spite of increasing their attacking options couldn’t find another goal.
Ansley, Defroand, Martin and Pearne-Webb were all in the Great Britain starting line-up, whilst Sarah Evans and Petter both came on in the fifth minute and Hunter joined in two minutes later.
After the match, Ansley was obviously disappointed, but when asked if the manner in which both Great Britain’s goals were scored was a new tactic, she said “If only, but we’ll take it!”
On the performance, Ansley added, “Trailing 4-0, we left ourselves too much to do. It’s frustrating that we conceded goals too easily.”
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