Surbiton Men’s Tom Sorsby made his Great Britain debut against Argentina, making an immediate impression by clearing an early Argentinian attack, although Great Britain went on to lose 3-2.
Great Britain won the first meeting 5-1, but Argentina gained revenge after Sam Ward threatened early from penalty corners.
The momentum quickly shifted early in the second quarter after Ian Sloan shot over the crossbar, Argentina taking the lead from their first penalty corner. George Pinner saved Leandro Tolini’s initial shot but Martin Ferreiro made no mistake from the rebound in the 19th minute.
Argentina took the game away from Great Britain in the third quarter, Ignacio Ortiz doubling the visitors lead, turning in an angled pass from the right into the left corner of the goal past Surbiton’s Harry Gibson in the 36th minute
Six minutes later, Maico Casella spun round to score Argentina’s third goal and leave Great Britain with a mountain to climb.
The mountain could have been bigger but Argentina had a goal disallowed after a video referral in the 47th minute and Great Britain also had a goal disallowed after a penalty corner was awarded before the ball crossed the goal-line.
Great Britain still trailed 3-0 with five minutes left, but having withdrawn their goalkeeper, an unlikely comeback began when Sam Ward found the backboard from their ninth penalty corner to make the score 3-1 in the 56th minute.
Two minutes later, Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth finished at the left post to make the score 3-2 and give Great Britain hope of at least forcing a shootout.
Phil Roper came close to securing that third goal, but Argentina held on for the win.
Surbiton’s Brendan Creed and James Gall were both in the GB starting lineup. Zach Wallace came on in the third minute, Forsyth in the fifth, Sorsby in the seventh and Gibson replaced Pinner at half time.
After the match, Sorsby reflected on his debut by paying tribute to Argentina, “Any game would be tough at this level, but Argentina have a pedigree.”
Looking forward, Sorsby added, “It’s great to play in the GB squad. Although I’m in the EDP [Elite Development Programme] my ambition is to play with the guys for Great Britain.”
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