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FIH Champions Trophy, Rosario, Argentina
Thursday, 02 February 2012
GREAT BRITAIN 4 (3)
Georgie Twigg 16 (PC)
Alex Danson 19, 21 (F,F)
Helen Richardson 51 (PC)
CHINA 1 (1)
Seon Ok Lee 30 (PS)
In the first of their knock-out games at the FIH 2012 Champions Trophy, Rosario Great Britain took on recent winners of the Cordoba Four Nations, Korea, and reversed the fortunes of two weeks ago by winning 4-1 with a dominant display in Argentina.
The teams went into the quarter-final knowing that the winner will face Germany on Saturday after they had beaten Japan 3-2 earlier in the day.
Reading goalkeeper Beth Storry kept her place ahead of Euro Canterbury’s Abi Walker and with Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton returning to the game it was Leicester’s Anne Panter who sat this one out.
It only took until the fourth minute for Great Britain to win a penalty corner, but unfortunately it wasn’t the same dream start for Leicester’s Crista Cullen as she saw her attempt saved by Korea’s goalkeeper, Jang Soo Ji. As with the other games, Reading’s Alex Danson was once again causing the most trouble for Korea’s defence with a couple of chances inside 15 minutes.
On 17 minutes Great Britain made the break through. With no Cullen on the pitch, Captain Kate Walsh stepped up to take the penalty corner and drove a powerful flick towards the bottom left hand corner, which Clifton’s Georgie Twigg tipped in to score her first goal in GB colours and make it 1-0.
Two minutes later, Danson calmly finished off a superb move from EuroCanterbury’s Natalie Seymour and Reading’s Helen Richardson, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to take it to 2-0. And she wasn’t finished there; moments later a long ball across the circle came to Danson who, without so much as a glance up, struck a fantastic reverse stick shot across the goalkeeper into the far corner as Korea were left watching.
Alex Danson troubled the Koreans thro9ughout the game.
Towards the end of the first half Korea were awarded a penalty stroke following a foul from Beth Storry, and Seon Ok Lee stepped up to make 3-1. Despite some late pressure from Korea, GB went in at half time with a two goal lead.
Korea came out the stronger of the two sides in the second half and earned themselves a series of penalty corners early on; Walsh chose to challenge the first decision, unsuccessfully, losing GB’s right to appeal for the rest of the game.
On the 51st minute Great Britain got their first penalty corner of the half and it was cleverly taken by Walsh who looked for her Reading team mate Helen Richardson on the back line who re-directed the ball back towards goal to make it 4-1.
Reading's Alex Danson celebrates!
Korea did continue to put pressure on Great Britain, but GB defended well and Beth Storry showed why she is the number one keeper with a world class save to keep the three goal cushion. The game finished 4-1.
Speaking afterwards, Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry said, “In the first half we were supreme, cutting through the defence effortlessly. Korea pushed players high in the second half and we showed exceptional character to cope with the pressure.”
Great Britain Captain Kate Walsh added, “We killed the game in the first half by stamping our authority early on, and we can now look forward to our semi-final against Germany.”
Great Britain’s semi-final match against Germany takes place on Saturday 4 February at 11:00pm with coverage on the BBC Red Button.
(Great Britain's semi final against Germany has been moved to 20:30 GMT on Saturday (moved from 23:00).
Great Britain squad v Korea
Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender
Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students) Defender
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender
Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward
Sarah Thomas (No Club) Forward
Natalie Seymour (EuroCanterbury) Defender
George Twigg (Clifton) Midfielder
Laura Bartlett (Reading) Forward
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder
Nicola White (Slough) Forward
Did Not Play
Abi Walker (EuroCanterbury) Goalkeeper
Anne Panter (Leicester) Defender
Recorded Highlights from BBC Sport.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/hockey/16865335 (4-1 win v Korea)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/hockey/16816338 (3-1 win v China)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/hockey/16781902 (2-2 v Netherlands)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/hockey/16778345 (win v Japan 3-0)
All Images ˆ FFU Press Agency/FRANK UIJLENBROEK
photos Janos Schmidt