Brits defeated by strong Dutch attack
18 January 2014
The British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team suffered their first defeat in the LEN European Championship qualifying tournament when they were beaten 13 – 7 by the Netherlands.
Ciara Gibson-Byrne opened the scoring with a penalty but early goals by the Dutch attack resulted in a first quarter score line of 4-2.
The Netherlands continued to prove difficult to defend against at they put four past the British defence in the second quarter. GBR did manage to exploit two “man up” situations with goals from Fiona McCann and Ciara Gibson- Byrne. This made the half time score 8-4.
"We are disappointed not to win but need to focus on Portugal to ensure we qualify" - head coach Kostas Vamvakaris The Dutch continued to dominate in the third quarter scoring all three goals.
The British team won the final quarter due to scores from Aine Hoy, Angie Winstanley-Smith and Ciara Gibson-Byrne but it came too late to change the result, with Netherlands winning 13 – 7 (4-2, 4-2, 3-0, 2-3).
Head Coach Kostas Vamvakaris said: “We are disappointed to lose but I am pleased with how the team kept playing right to the end. We showed much improved control of the game in the final quarter compared to the rest of the game. We now turn our focus immediately to Portugal tomorrow morning to ensure we qualify for the European Championships.”
Great Britain play their final qualifying match tomorrow at 08:00 GMT against Portugal. Follow all the action on Twitter.
GBR goalscorers: Ciara Gibson-Byrne (3); Hazel Musgrove; Fiona McCann, Aine Hoy; Angie Winstanley-Smith.
Click here to view the British team playing in the 2014 European Championships qualifiers.