Great Britain downed by Germany

Georgie Twigg

Germany 3 (2)
Marie Mävers 23 34 (FG FG)
Luisa Steindor 26 (FG)

Great Britain 1 (0)
Sophie Bray 38 (FG)

A double strike from Germany’s Marie Mävers condemned Great Britain to a 3-1 defeat in the first of two tests in Cologne. The 25-year-old struck either side of half time with Luisa Steindor also netting for Jamilon Mulders’ side. Despite Sophie Bray’s second half strike, her tenth for great Britain, Danny Kerry’s team were unable to salvage the match and went down 1-0 in the two-match series.

The first quarter was typically cagey with both sides seemingly sizing each other up. No goals were scored despite Germany playing for a spell with ten players due to Pia-Sophie Oldhafer’s spell in the sin bin.

Germany struck twice in the second quarter with some clinical forward play. Mävers notched her first from open play in the 23rd minute and then three minutes later Steindor got in on the act to give Danny Kerry’s side a lot to do. A number of chances went begging for the visitors with good spells of possession and some promising openings not taken.

Four minutes after half time it was 3-0 and again it was Mävers cast as tormentor in chief, grabbing her second of the match. On 38 minutes, Great Britain were given a glimmer of hope thanks to a strike from Bray, but despite plenty of endeavour, Great Britain were unable to salvage the result and Mulders’ side ran out 3-1 winners.

Assistant coach Karen Brown said afterwards:

“They were three cheap goals that started from our possession. We tried something new in our team defence to give us some variety and we were a little disjointed as a result. Despite that we had enough possession and chances at the back post to win the game. A lack of execution cost us in the end. We were right to try the things we did and are in a better position moving forward than had we not looked at them.”

Full match details can be found here.

Great Britain will take on Germany in the second and final match of the series tomorrow at 10am UK time.

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