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China register second win in thrilling fashion

17 January 2013

HOCKEY: China has recorded a thrilling come-from-behind win against Great Britain on day 2 of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) women’s hockey tournament.

Trailing 1-0 at the break the Chinese team hit the back of the net twice in the second half to finish 2-1 victors.

China dominated the possession early in the game but failed to turn in it into scoreboard pressure.

Great Britain then took the momentum and started to produce some chances, one which was brilliantly saved by Chinese keeper Ye Jiao.

Lily Owsley opened the scoring for Great Britain when she converted a field goal in the 27th minute giving her side a 1-0 buffer at the break.

Great Britain’s Josie Inverdale was sent from the field in the early stages of the second half which reduced them to ten players.

China capitalised with Wang Mengyu scoring a penalty corner and Wang Na’s a field goal to take the lead and ultimately the win.

“For most of them it is only their second international tournament so it is quite exciting for them that they can get a win,” Chinese team manager Yuxiang Liu said.

Great Britain was obviously quite disappointed that they could not quite get over the line but still took some positives from the game.

“We defended really well. It was only when we went down to 10 (players) that they scored their two goals, it makes the game different then,” Great Britain coach Craig Keegan said.

Beau Greenway

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