CHN V GBR ( Pool B ) Hockey World League Final Rosario 2015

CHN
1 - 1
GBR

Match Review CHN - GBR 1-1

Watch clips from the China - Great Britain game at…Posted December 6, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Great Britain game at…Posted December 6, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Great Britain game at…Posted December 6, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Great Britain game at…Posted December 6, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Great Britain game at…Posted December 6, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Great Britain game at…Posted December 6, 2015

China and Great Britain shared the spoils in this Pool B match, and despite the connotations of a 1-1 draw, this was an exciting and action-packed match, which kept the fans entertained to the final whistle.

The first quarter of this Pool B match saw Great Britain sending the ball sharply around the pitch but unable to break through the Chinese defensive line.

The midfield was headed by the energetic Susannah Townsend who hassled and harried her Chinese counterparts, but she was assisted by some strong running from Lily Owsley whose speed was causing problems among the opposition defence and Helen Richardson-Walsh, whose strength and composure in defence was vital in those early minutes.

It was Owlsey who came close to breaking through but Li Dongxaio was quickly off her line to stifle the attack. The last time these two teams met, in the HWL Semi-Final in Valencia, it was Great Britain who emerged as 2-0 winners, and as the game progressed, so the Great Britain team's confidence grew and they were able to create more space.

A penalty corner flew just wide of the Chinese post and seconds later Georgina Twigg's ambitious shot flew across the goal face. The second half saw a more ambitious Great Britain press forwards. Townsend was still at the heart of the action and it was her driving energy that led to a sequence of penalty corners.

China's captain Cui Quixia made a fantastic goal line save from a shot by Danson but Helen Richardson-Walsh (34') was on hand to deflect the ball home at the next attempt. China came straight back and Wang Mengyu (35') was able to place the ball with precision past Maddie Hinch into the corner of the goal following a penalty corner.

The stage was set for an exciting final quarter, with both sides looking for a first win. The first chance fell to Great Britain as a good run by Owsley led to a penalty corner. This was well defended by the team in yellow and a quick counter-attack followed, led by inspirational captain Cui Quixia.

While the game was played at a high tempo, both teams contained enough discipline for the two defence units to maintain their composure. As the clock ticked down, both teams desperately searched for the elusive breakthrough. A tense last three minutes saw Ellie Watton almost score, only for Li Dongxaio to scramble the ball clear. Then Hannah Macleod's shot was deflected off the line by Danson. Despite all the drama and a series of penalty corners to Great Britian, the final score was 1-1.

Danny Kerry, coach to the Great Britain team said this was a game where only a special piece of play or some good luck would have changed the outcome. 'China set very deep, so we did well to create as much as we did." Kerry later presented Alex Danson and Kate richardson-Walsh with flowers after they reached 250 and 350 caps respectively.

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
GBR 34 8 RICHARDSON-WALSH Helen PC 0 - 1
CHN 35 2 WANG Mengyu PC 1 - 1

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
CHN 9 27 YU Qian G
CHN 37 19 ZHANG Xiaoxue G
GBR 45 6 MACLEOD Hannah G

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 UNKA Aleesha
Umpire 2 GIDDENS Maggie
Reserve Umpire IPARRAGUIRRE Soledad
Video Umpire METCHETTE Carol
Judge 1 PIGRETTI Laura
Judge 2 AKII-BUA Nataki
Technical Officer SHIN Jung Hee
  • Match 7
  • Date Sun, 6 Dec 2015
  • Time 18:45
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

Our website uses cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the FIH website. To find out more about our data policy please click here