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Hockey - 14. May 2008.

England def Argentina in second test

 Test Match 2 of 2: Tuesday 13 May 2008

 

GREAT BRITAIN

4

(1)

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2

(1)

ARGENTINA

Rebecca Herbert 6 (F)

 

 

 

Luciana Aymar 29 (PC)

Laura Bartlett 51 (F)

 

 

 

M. De la Paz Hernandez 62 (F)

Hayley Brown 59 (F)

 

 

 

 

Mel Clewlow 64 (PC)

 

 

 

 

 

Great Britain took revenge for their defeat to Argentina on Monday evening in spectacular style, overcoming the world number two’s 4 – 2 at Reading.


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Goals from Rebecca Herbert, Laura Bartlett, Hayley Brown and Mel Clewlow helped the home side ensure victory against a side who will be tough Pool B opponents come Beijing and the Olympic Games in August.

 

It was Britain who opened the scoring; reacting quickly to counterattack after Mariana Gonzalez Olivia had put her shot over at the bar at the other end.

 

The hosts broke down the left, and Herbert was on hand to turn home the cross for her first goal for Great Britain.

 

Argentina reacted immediately to going behind, Beth Storry getting down well to her right to deny Mercedes Margalot from a penalty corner, and Sam Quek blocking Claudia Burkart’s attempt from the top of the circle.

 

Monday’s double goalscorer Alejandra Gulla then directed Burkart’s hit over the cross bar as the South American’s sought for an equaliser.

 

Amidst a period of intense Argentinean pressure, Great Britain won their first penalty corner of the evening, from which Clewlow’s powerful strike was well stopped by Maria Belen Succi in the Lionesses goal.

 

A great run by Luciana Aymar deserved more than to see Storry scramble the ball clear despite ahead of a valiant dive from Gulla, but soon the four time World Player of the Year would get her name on the score sheet.

 

Dummying the ball left from a penalty corner, Aymar held her shot well, before shooting low through a crowded circle into the far corner to make it 1 – 1 at half-time.

 

After the interval both sides had chances to take the lead, a quickly taken hit found Herbert, but an Argentine stick deflected her effort behind, while at the opposite end Storry spread herself well to deny Agustina Soledad Garcia, following more good work by Aymar.

 

It was Bartlett who struck first however, making it 2 – 1 for the home side, after a hit from the left took a deflection, allowing the Scottish international to pounce.

 

Moments later it was very nearly 3 – 1, Kerry Williams’ cross from the left found Bowdon Hightown’s Jo Ellis in the middle, but the ball seemed to get stuck under her stick with the goal beckoning.

 

The buoyant home support didn’t have long to wait for a third British goal however, as Brown received a long hit out of defence to break into the opposition circle.  The Canterbury forward looked initially to have overrun the ball, but her speculative cross shot was embarrassingly turned in to the goal by Margalot.

 

Argentina replied instantly.  Another fantastic run by Aymar drew the British defence allowing Maria De la Paz Hernandez to tap home at the far post and set up an exciting final few minutes.

 

There was to be no Argentinean fight back however, as Clewlow’s hard hit from a penalty corner proved unstoppable for goalkeeper Succi and rounded off a fine performance from Great Britain.

 

Coach Danny Kerry was understandably happy with the result but also with the way it was achieved.

 

“I’m really proud of the girls and how they’ve put things into practice and as a coach you can’t really ask for much more than that.

 

The scoreline is fantastic, but actually what’s more fantastic is the group, what they do and how hard they work and that really makes me proud.

 

I very much encourage the team to play good constructive hockey rather than playing defensively and just looking to clear our lines, especially when you’re playing against some of the best in the world.  So today we just tried to get that balance right and that was a real plus for us today so I’m quietly optimistic about where we’re going as a team.”

 

Started

Hayley Brown (Canterbury & England)

Mel Clewlow (Canterbury & England)

Susie Gilbert (Birmingham Uni & England)

Sam Quek (Bowdon Hightown & England)

Chloe Rogers (Chelmsford & England)

Beth Storry (SCHC & England)

Sarah Thomas (Rotterdam & Wales)

Rachel Walker (Olton & West Warwickshire & England)

Kate Walsh (Slough & England)

Kerry Williams (Leicester & England)

Lisa Wooding (Chelmsford & England)

 

Subs

Laura Bartlett (Milne Craig Western & Scotland)

Charlotte Craddock (Cannock & England)

Jo Ellis (Ipswich & England)

Jo Ellis (Bowdon Hightown & England)

Rebecca Herbert (Leicester & England)

 

Did Not Play

Alex Danson (Slough & England)

Katy Roberts (Chelmsford & England)

Abigail Walker (Milne Craig Western & Scotland)

Lucilla Wright (Olton & West Warwickshire & England)

 

 

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