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Hockey: Great Britain draw with Spain 2-2
Great Britain responded well after losing their opening game against Spain by fighting back from a 2-1 half-time deficit to earn a creditable 2-2 draw.
Carys Hopkins latched onto an interception and shot high into the Spanish net in the 17th minute to take the lead. Spain dominated the rest of the half forcing six penalty corners, the first four of which were well-saved by Becky Duggan in the GB goal.
Spain scored a well-worked deflection to equalise in the 25th minute. Soon after a hard penalty corner was saved by Chloe Strong on the line, before the Spanish volleyed in the rebound to go 2-1 up.
GB came back strongly in the second half negating Spanish pressure and producing some good forward flowing moves. They were rewarded in the 61st minute when Holly Cram shot into the corner following an excellent pass from Rogers.
Assistant Coach Nick Clark said “We played with energy and shape in the second half and our positive approach resulted in a good come back”
Final match: 16 January 2009, 1100 hrs (local), 1000 hrs (GMT) v Spain (w)
Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine