GB women off to dream start at London 2012

London 2012 Olympic Games Alex Danson celebrates scoring her first goal v Japan - larger

Great Britain 4 (4)
Danson 7, 28 (F, F)
Thomas 23 (F)
Walton 26 (PC)

Japan 0 (0)

Great Britain stormed to a terrific 4-0 victory in their first match of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Riverbank Arena this evening. A brace from Reading’s Alex Danson, together with goals from Sarah Thomas and Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton in an explosive first half, ensured that the home nation delighted an excitable and vociferous crowd on the first day of the hockey competition.

The match was also milestone occasion for Reading defender Emily Maguire, as she capped her 100th international appearance with a resolute defensive display that restricted the Japanese attack to only three attempts on goal during the entire match.

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Following the game Great Britain’s double goal scorer Alex Danson said, “It feels incredible [to score] but I just want to win. We’ve worked so hard as a squad on our goal scoring and it worked today, so that’s obviously something for us to feel very happy about. I don’t mind who scores so long as we score one more than them.”

To view the full match report please click here

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