SECOND HALF GOALS PUT GB WOMEN STEP CLOSER TO TOKYO
|Great Britain 3Petter (35′, FG), Martin (45′, PC), Toman (53′ PC)|
Great Britain’s women took an important step towards Tokyo with a three-goal victory in the first game of their two-legged FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in London.
The game was goalless at half time but Mark Hager’s side scored three times after the interval to give themselves the upper hand going into Sunday’s second leg. Izzy Petter opened the scoring with the best goal of the game; Hannah Martin and Anna Toman also on target from penalty corners inside the final 15 minutes.
It was by no means comfortable though, and the first goal on Sunday will be crucial as both teams eye the huge prize of a trip to Japan next summer.
Goalscorer Hannah Martin said, “We’re very pleased but we’ve got our feet firmly on the ground, we’ve got a job to do tomorrow and we’re looking forward to getting back out there. Of course I’m happy to score but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who gets on the scoresheet, we’re here as a team and we want to get to the Olympics as a squad. Coming into tomorrow we’ll have the same gameplan to get in there and hopefully get the job done.”
Great Britain: Hinch (GK), Toman, Ansley, Pearne-Webb (c), Unsworth, McCallin, Robertson, Howard, Owsley, Martin, Petter
Subs used: Townsend, Neal, Hunter, Costello, Watson, Wilkinson
Unused sub: Heesh (GK)