Great Britain bounce back with Germany win

Helen Richardson Walsh celebrates scoring for GB

Germany 0 (0)

Great Britain 2 (0)
Helen Richardson-Walsh 32 (FG)
Sophie Bray 34 (FG)

Goals from Sophie Bray and Helen Richardson-Walsh were enough to give Great Britain a 2-0 win over Germany in the second test match in Cologne. Both goals came in quick succession just after half time ensuring the visitors left Germany with the series tied at one game apiece.   

After the disappointment of yesterday's 3-1 defeat Great Britain came out strongly and created a number of chances in the first period. Germany too had their share of openings but despite concerted efforts from both frontlines, neither Kirsty Mackay nor Yvonne Frank were beaten in the first half.

Right at the start of the second half Danny Kerry's team caught the hosts cold with two goals in the space of two minutes. Helen Richardson-Walsh broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute from open play and then just two minutes later Sophie Bray, a scorer in yesterday's match added to her tally with the second. The strike was Bray's 11th for Great Britain in just 21 appearances, her 25th goal in international hockey overall.   

Germany upped their intensity as they searched for a way back into the game late on but the Great Britain defence stood firm, ensuring a clean sheet shared by goalkeepers Mackay and Maddie Hinch, who played half the game each. A 2-0 win in the final match of the series was a source of great satisfaction for Head Coach Danny Kerry. He said afterwards: 

"I thought we were good value for our win today. The team got back to basics. We've experimented with some tactics and continue to broaden depth in group. Overall it's been a good trip."

Full match details can be found here.   

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