GB Women pull off Mexican smash-and-grab raid

Great Britain Women scored two goals in the last 81 seconds to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory over Mexico in their opening game at the Olympic preliminary qualifying round two in Astana.

Joanna Rojas and Francia Hernandez put Mexico 2-0 up inside the first session, as GB struggled to find a way past their determined opponents.

Kimberley Lane eventually pulled one back in the 52nd minute, before Saffron Allen and Angela Taylor struck to secure a stunning victory.

Assistant Coach James Ashton said: “These games are always hard and we had a high expectation.

“Training has been good but we made a slow start to the game and made a couple of small mistakes to allow Mexico two goals.

“We had a sharp discussion at the end of the first period, but what was good to see was that the experienced players delivered and the young players didn’t let their heads drop.

“What we had to do was stay patient as we knew the chances would come. Fair play to Mexico, I thought they played excellent and they put in a great performance.”

GB return to action on Friday when they face Poland (9.00am UK time).

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)

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