Great Britain’s women made a disappointing start to their Hockey World League Final tournament campaign in Rosario, losing 2-1 to the hosts, Argentina on Saturday night.

Argentina dominated from start to finish but failed to capitalize on their possession, having to come from behind to clinch the win.

Having soaked up early pressure, Great Britain scored with their only shot of the game, Lily Owsley scoring from open play in the fifth minute.

Argentina equalised towards the end of the first quarter, Maria Granatto converting their second penalty corner of the game.

The scores were still level at the half time break, but six minutes into the third quarter, Agustina Habif followed up Argentina’s fourth penalty corner to score with an angled shot from the left of the circle.

Great Britain missed Crista Cullen, who although named among the substitutes, took no part in the match due to fitness concerns.

Surbiton’s Hollie Webb was in the starting line-up and Georgie Twigg came on as a fifth minute substitute.

Great Britain’s Head Coach, Danny Kerry summed up the match: “Overall I found it very frustrating; I would say I am profoundly disappointed. We were too nice. We were cheap with the ball. We need to be stronger.

In the other Pool B match, Australia beat China 1-0.

In Pool A, New Zealand beat Korea 3-1 and the Netherlands thrashed Germany 5-1.

Great Britain play their second pool match later today (Sunday) when they face China at 2145 (GMT). The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2.

Colin Pike