Dunaujvaros prove too strong for Britain second time around
4th December 2010
After yesterday’s win against Dunaujvaros, the British Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, went into today’s reverse match confident as they took on the Hungarian side for the second day in a row.
But the league leaders were not to be denied for a second time as they powered to a 15-9 victory over the British side.
Dunaujvaros won the swim off and immediately put the Brits under pressure as they found the back of the net very early in the first half from a man-up situation. A converted penalty added to the Hungarian’s tally before Lisa Gibson scored from the pit after Britain worked the ball round the arc well and had the opposition where they wanted them.
Britain narrowly missed a couple of good man-up opportunities and the Hungarian side managed to slot in a long range shot as the first quarter ended 3-1 to the Hungarians.
The second quarter began with the Hungarians putting the Brits under pressure again. Rosie Morris made a great save from another long range effort at the beginning of the quarter but Dunaujvaros went on to score two goals in quick succession.
Lisa Gibson’s fired back with her second goal coming from a loose ball recovered by Vicky Bowen, making the score 2-5. Chloe Wilcox’s strength enabled her to make an impressive steal which turned into an inch perfect pass to Fiona McCann who was on the counter-attack. McCann’s shot rebounded off the post straight to Alex Rutlidge who managed to bounce the ball perfectly under the keepers arm, taking the Brits back to within two.
The Hungarian side answered back quickly with another outside effort but the British press in defence was working well leaving the Dunaujvaros centre forwards powerless.
Angie Winstanley-Smith went on a rampage converting a man-up into a goal and then employing her signature ‘salmon’ move to earn a penalty which was placed nicely in the top corner by Fran Clayton.
The first half ended 7-5 to Dunaujvaros .
Britain had a good start at the beginning of the third quarter with Ciara Gibson using the space created by our centre-forwards to make the score 7-6. Angie ‘the salmon’ Winstanley-Smith earnt another penalty but Britain failed to convert it.
It was decided that Britain needed to take a risk by changing the defensive tactics to allow for counter-attacks to catch the Hungarian side by surprise. Unfortunately the risk did not come off despite some good chances created by Chloe Wilcox, Aine Hoy and Beckie Kershaw, and the quarter ended 6-10.
The Brits didn’t let the goal difference deter them and started the fourth quarter confidently by winning the swim off. Lisa Gibson scored in the first attack after the arc players drew the Hungarian defenders out and Gibson created herself some great space.
The Hungarians scored again to make the score 7-11 but Britain continued to fight back with some good attempts at goal from Frankie Snell and Vicki Hawkins.
The Hungarians scored four in quick succession taking the score to 15-8 in their favour.
Britain went back into a press for the last few minutes of the game and tried to get back in their stride. Lisa Gibson then gained another penalty which was saved and finally Ciara Gibson curled the ball around the keeper in the last second of the match to finish the game 9-15.
Britain will continue on their Hungarian quest with matches against Szeged in January 2011.
The athletes selected to represent the British Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, are:
Rosie Morris, Chloe Wilcox, Fiona McCann, Frankie Snell, Alex Rutlidge, Beckie Kershaw, Lisa Gibson, Aine Hoy, Vicky Bowen, Angie Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Vicki Hawkins, Ciara Gibson, Robyn Nicholls