Second match of series ends in stalemate

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament

Match two between Great Britain and Spain ended in deadlock as the sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Polideportivo Virgen del Carmen Betero.

SPAIN 1 (1)
Lola Riera Zuzuarregui 30 (PS)

GREAT BRITAIN 1 (1)
Alex Danson 4 (FG)

In similar fashion to yesterday, Great Britain’s Alex Danson got her team off the mark with a goal in the fourth minute thanks to a searching run into danger from Holcombe’s Nicola White. Spain drew level with the visitors just before half time when Lola Riera Zuzuarregui converted a penalty stroke. The flick was awarded when the umpire adjudged the ball had struck a Great Britain foot on the line after a save by goalkeeper Maddie Hinch from a penalty corner.

With the score tied at 1-1 going into the third and fourth quarters Great Britain upped the pressure and were unlucky not to go ahead as they created plenty of opportunities; Slough’s Shona McCallin and Reading’s Susie Gilbert with perhaps the best of the chances to take the victory. However, Spain’s defence stood strong and the hosts held on for the draw.

Speaking after the game Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry said: “I was much happier with the performance today. We created a lot more opportunities compared to yesterday and Spain had no open play shots and only one penalty corner. We’ve been working really hard on certain areas of our game in training and I think we’re much harder to break down as a unit now and we are able to defend higher up the pitch which is paying dividends for us. I’m obviously disappointed with the final result, but it was a really good step forward from yesterday.”

Great Britain’s final match against Spain will take place on Friday at 1030 [UK time]. The three matches are taking place at Polideportivo Virgen del Carmen Betero, the same venue Kerry’s team will travel to in June when they battle for Olympic qualification at the FIH Hockey World League Semi Final.

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Please note: the image above of Alex Danson is not taken from the current test series against Spain.


Great Britain Women v Spain – fixture information
Tuesday 10 February - 1530 - Spain 0 v 1 Great Britain
Wednesday 11 February - 1530 - Spain 1 v 1 Great Britain
Friday 13 February - 1030 - Spain v Great Britain

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