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GB Women Lose To Australia In Final Seconds


1st February 2020

By Colin Pike

Great Britain Women lost 2-1 to Australia in their first FIH Pro League match of the season, the winning goal coming with just thirteen seconds left on the clock.

In Sydney, Great Britain took the lead in the 18th minute, Sarah Robertson eventually prodding the ball home after Australia goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram made a couple of saves whilst on the ground.

Surbiton's Hannah Martin came close to doubling Great Britain's lead in the 23rd minute when her shot rebounded off the outside of the left post.

Rosie Malone went close in the 26th minute forcing a save from visiting goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch before sending the rebound shot past the left post.

Within seconds, the Hockeyroos were back on level terms, Stephanie Kershaw finishing with a deflection from point blank range in front of Hinch.

Great Britain had a chance in the second half when Lily Owsley pulled the ball back for Laura Unsworth to blast the ball over the crossbar.

With the game seemingly heading for the second shootout of the day (after Australia Men beat Great Britain 3-1 after a 4-4 draw), Grace Stewart calmly finished with thirteen seconds remaining to slip the ball to Hinch's right and claim the win for the hosts.

Martin and Hollie Pearne-Webb were both in the GB starting lineup with Sabbie Heesh staying on the bench as Hinch played the whole match.