Australia too strong for GB U23 Women

GB U23 Women v Aus, June 22 2016 - 450

Great Britain U23 Women 0 (0)
Australia U23 Women 6 (4)

Great Britain Under-23 Women lost out to Australia in the latest match of the Futures 2020 Invitational Tournament at the Nottingham Hockey Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Trailing at half time, GB tightened up somewhat after the break and created more chances, but they couldn’t break through and fell to a defeat in their penultimate match of the Tournament.

“It was a disappointing first half as we didn’t compete in our one on one battles, therefore we let Australia dictate the game to us,” said Head Coach Colin Clarke. “In the second half there was a slight improvement, but we couldn’t hit back.

“We now need to come together and turn our focus to the Dutch game tomorrow, where hopefully we can end on a high.”

Laura Barden gave Australia an early lead with a goal from open play after just six minutes of the match, and Savannah Fitzpatrick added another after 17, again from free play.

Barden bagged her second goal on 24 minutes, while Madeleine Ratcliffe fired home from a penalty corner a minute before half time.

Ratcliffe’s second goal put Australia further ahead in the 40th minute, before a penalty corner goal from Sophie Taylor. GB showed more fight in the second half and created a couple of penalty corner chances, but they couldn’t convert them into goals.

Great Britain will now take on the Netherlands in their final match tomorrow at 1.30pm, before Australia versus the Netherlands completes the women’s fixtures on Friday.