Great Britain women suffered a heartbreak defeat to Germany in the FIH Pro League at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Friday night, losing 4-3 to a goal 17.5 seconds from the end of the match.
In an almost carbon copy of the men’s match on Thursday night, Great Britain led 2-0, Germany pulled back to 2-2, Great Britain led 3-2 then Germany scored twice to snatch the victory 4-3.
Tess Howard gave Great Britain the lead in the tenth minute and in a period during which they were on top, were unlucky not to double the lead two minutes later when Surbiton’s Sarah Evans was denied by a fantastic save by German goalkeeper Nathalie Kubalski.
Surbiton’s Hannah Martin set up the chance for Howard to score her second goal of the game to put Great Britain 2-0 ahead in the 17th minute.
Germany pulled a goal back four minutes before half time, Amelie Wortmann deftly lifting the ball over Great Britain goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch, back in goal after a ten month break.
Surbiton’s Izzy Petter shot over the bar early in the third quarter before in the 40th minute, Wortmann’s shot rebounded off a post, only for Nike Lorenz to put the rebound away and level the match at 2-2.
The game had been bereft of penalty corners until the 43rd minute when Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley came close to restoring Great Britain’s lead, her drag-flick rebounding agonisingly off the left post.
Although there was destined to be disappointment for the Great Britain team, there was also reason for optimism as youth combined to create their third goal. Esme Burge on her senior debut, created a chance for Petter to score her first international goal in superb style and delight the crowd watching the game in pouring rain.
Sadly defensive errors and the inability to clear the ball led to Lena Micheel equalising in the 54th minute and ultimately to Charlotte Stapenhorst scoring the winning goal with Great Britain left with virtually no time to force a shootout.
After the match, Surbiton’s Jo Hunter summed up the mixed emotions of the match, “On one hand we scored great goals, but on the flipside we made mistakes which led to Germany scoring and winning the game.”
Hunter was an eighth minute substitute, whilst Petter came on in the fifth minute. Giselle Ansley, Sarah Evans, Hannah Martin and Hollie Pearne-Webb were all in the GB starting lineup.
More information about the women’s FIH Pro League can be found at the FIH website
All the games can be seen on BT Sport and the schedule for all their channels can be found here
The Great Britain Hockey match report can be read here