Great Britain celebrate strong victory over Korea
3rd Quarter Final – GBR 4-1 KOR
Korea were unbeaten in four Champions Trophy matches against Great Britain, recording three wins and one draw. Both last met in January at the Four Nations Tournament in Cordoba, where Great Britain beat Korea 2-1 in the opening match only to lose 2-3 in the final. This time Great Britain had a phenomenal start and kept the Korean defence busy scoring three times within five minutes. Georgie Twigg (17’) opened the scoring at a penalty corner with her first goal of the tournament. Alex Danson’s (20’/22’) double-strike equaled her best record for most goals in the 2010 Champions Trophy scoring three times. This gave Great Britain a convincing 3-0 lead.
Lee Seon-Ok (31’) struck back late for Korea after a penalty stroke has been awarded after a Korean attacker fell over Great Britain goalkeeper Beth Storry’s stick. Korea could have come closer but they failed two score from eight penalty corners in this match. How to convert a penalty corner was demonstrated by Helen Richardson (52’) sliding into a pass and deflecting the ball into the goal.
Match Review 15. Great Britain - Korea 4-1
> GB reach the last 4 of a CT tournament for the 2nd time in 5 CT participations. In 1989, GB finished 4th.
>GB recorded their first CT win over Korea in 5 CT matches.
> Korea are now winless in 8 knock-out matches played in CT competition, recording 6 defeats and 2 draws. The two matches that were tied, they eventually lost after penalty strokes.
> Georgie Twigg converted a PC to score her first ever CT goal.
> Alex Danson scored twice to lift her Rosario 2012 total to 3 goals, equalling her personal record for most goals in a CT edition from 2010.
> Helen Richardson converted a PC to score her 2nd goal at Rosario 2012 and her 5th in 21 CT matches.
> GB have now seen three different players score from penalty corners at Rosario 2012 - Cullen (5), Twigg (1) and Richardson (1).
> Lee Seon-Ok scored the first penalty stroke goal of the tournament. GB missed 2 penalty strokes in their 2-2 draw vs Netherlands.
> Lee Seon-Ok became the first player to score a CT goal on her birthday since Grmany’s Kerstin Hoyer on 7 November 2004.
> Korea failed to score from 8 penalty corners awarded in this match and are now on 3 for 20 in the tournament (15%).
> GB converted 2 of 5 penalty corners in this match and are now on 7 from 18 at Rosario 2012 (39%).
Match Preview 15. Great Britain - Korea (February 2nd, 5:30pm)
> Korea are unbeaten in 4 CT matches against GB, recording 3 wins and 1 draw.
> GB’s only result against Korea in CT competition came in their first meeting in 1987 (1-1). Korea have won all 3 CT encounters ever since (2-0 in 1989, 3-1 in 1993 and 2-0 in 1997)
> GB and Korea met in January 2012 at the Four Nations Tournament in Cordoba, where GB beat Korea 2-1 in the opening match only to lose 3-2 in the final.
> Crista Cullen scored once in each of these matches. Other goals were scored by Rebecca Herbert, Alex Danson and Ashleigh Ball. The Korean goals were scored by Cho Eun-Ji (PC) and Park M-Hyun and Kim (2).
> GB have played only two knock-out matches in CT competition, losing 1-0 to Spain in the 1993 Final 5-6 and beating USA 3-0 in the 1997 Final 5-6.
> Crista Cullen is on 5 PC goals so far this tournament. The only players to have scored more than 5 PC goals in a single CT edition are Noel Barrionuevo (8 in 2010) and Maartje Paumen (6 in 2011).
> GB have converted 5 of 13 penalty corners awarded in the tournament (38%).
> GB have conceded fewest goals in the Pool phase at Rosario 2012 (3).
> GB have not conceded any PC goals from 12 penalty corners awarded to their opponents.
> Beth Storry is the only goalkeeper to have kept a clean sheet so far this tournament (3-0 vs Japan).
> GB’s best CT result came in 1989 when they were ranked 4th.
> Helen Richardson and Alex Danson were selected in the 2011 FIH Women’s All Stars team.
> Korea are winless in 5 successive CT matches (2 draws, 3 defeats) since beating New Zealand 5-3 in the 2011 CT.
> At Rosario 2012 Korea lost 4-2 to Germany and drew 2-2 with New Zealand and Argentina.
> Korea are winless in all 7 knock-out matches they played in CT competition, recording 5 defeats and 2 draws. The two matches that were tied, they eventually lost after penalty strokes.
> Korea are ranked 8th on the FIH World Ranking.
> Korea needs to score 2 goals to reach 100 in CT competition.
> Korea finished fourth in last year’s CT, despite only winning one of its six matches at the tournament. It marked their best result in the competition since finishing fourth in 1997.
> In 1989 Korea won the Champions Trophy in Frankfurt am Main. At Mar del Plata in 1995, they claimed silver.
> Korea won the 4 Nations tournament, held in Cordoba prior to the 2012 Champions Trophy. Korea beat Great Britain 3-2 in the final. Argentina finished third, New Zealand fourth.
> Midfielder Kim Da-Rae was selected in the FIH 2011 Women’s All Star team.
> Captain Lee Seon-Ok celebrates her 31st birthday today.