The visiting Great Britain completed a double against the hosts New Zealand in the FIH Pro League 2020 at Auckland on Sunday. In the women’s section, Great Britain made full use of the penalty shoot out to earn a bonus point after a 2-2 draw in the stipulated period of play.
The hosts were looking to bounce back in after being beaten 3-0 yesterday. Today marked a special occasion for New Zealand Striker Gemma McCaw who played her 250th match for New Zealand. On the other side of the pitch was Lily Owsley who got her 150th international cap.
A goal in the 52nd minute by Olivia Shanon brought New Zealand back to the game with a tie through the first scorer Olivia who after not scoring for 18 games now has two goals on her belt. Her goal forced a penalty shootout where again the visitors were winners.
Even after three quarters, the Great Britain still held the lead over the home side. The game was getting very absorbing and it could be any one’s game.The match was getting very excited as Great Britain earned a penalty corner in the 42ndminute and Grace Baldstone scored an impressive drag-flick to the top right.
Great Britain sparks some attacks back and earned a penalty corner that resulted in a perfect sweep past the keeper to get the game leveled through Anna Toman.Black Sticks earn a PC through a nice cross ball that get hit high into the attack off the keeper but the Great Britains defence keeps it outThe Home side went up in the 28th minute after an incredible strike from Olivia Shannon. It was her first goal in Black Sticks uniform.
Again Great Britain got a penalty corner in the 23rd minute due to some poor trapping by the home side but luckily the Black Sticks defended well.
In the 18th minute, Great Britain get another PC but was thrown away by a wide sweep from the top of the circle. Straight after Great Britains’ penalty corner the hosts responded with a similar award of its own but again the defence of the opposition was solid.
At the halfway point through the first quarter the game was pretty quiet not really any chances shown. Great Britain earned a penalty corner to test the New Zealand defence.
The hosts, looking to bounce back in after being beaten 3-0 yesterday, expectedly went all out. It was a special occasion for New Zealand Striker Gemma McCaw who played her 250th match for New Zealand. On the other side of the pitch was Lily Owsley who played her 150th international match.