Goalkeeper Scott impresses in opening Test against Hungary
7 June 2011
Goalkeeper Ed Scott produced a string of world-class saves as the British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo team squared up against Olympic champions Hungary in front of 2,000 fans in Dublin.
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In the first of two test matches in the Irish capital, the Hungarians ultimately proved too strong as they ran out 16-3 winners.
But the British team took plenty of positives from the performance ahead of the second Test tonight (7 June).
World Class Programmes Manager Joanna Wray reports from the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin:
The crowd was queuing out of the pool to catch a glimpse of the Olympic champions play the host nation for the London 2012 Games.
What a start to the match – we won the swim off, took the first attack and Adam Scholefield won a penalty.
Captain Craig Figes stepped up to score and put Great Britain ahead!
An outside shot from Hungary leveled the score and while a two-on-one attack brought an excellent save from Ed, it was followed by a Hungarian penalty which they converted to finish the quarter 3-1.
Hungary played with a high tempo straight away but we measured their pace. A shot flew towards Ed who again made a great save but the rebound fell to a Hungarian player who took an unbelievable reverse shot to score in the bottom corner.
We charged on the attack and Craig took a blinding cross-gage backhand shot to bring the score back to 4-2.
Hungary won a penalty that Gergely Kiss converted and had a counter attack shortly after.
But Jake Vincent never gave up tracking back and smothered the Hungarian players shot allowing Ed to make another save.
Another goal from Hungary made it 6-2 before Rob Parker hit the post on our next man-up.
Hungary scored once more in the last minute of the first half and a shot in the dying seconds from Craig hit the post – the quarter ended 7-2.
Ed made an incredible save to start the second half but Hungary continued to apply pressure and put in three quick goals.
The Hungarian defence had been effective throughout but Alex Parsonage managed to put in a great bounce goal.
The quarter was tough on the scoreboard, ending 13-3.
Both teams slowed in the final quarter with a number of attacks and counters that came to nothing.
Eventually Hungary took another two to finish the game 16-3.