GB take London Cup fifth spot

10 June 2012 / 14:48

Great Britain's women's hockey team has claimed fifth spot in the Investec London Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Ireland in their final competitive fixture before the Olympic Games.

Hannah Macleod celebrated her 28th birthday on Saturday with two first-half goals before Emily Maguire added a third from a penalty corner in the second half to complete the win.

Ireland started the fifth/sixth place play-off well but the lively Macleod gave GB the lead in the 11th minute before the Leicester forward made it 2-0 four minutes later following a goalmouth scramble. Ireland tried to force their way back into the game before half-time but could find no way through.

GB bossed possession in the second half but, with Ireland goalkeeper Pamela Smithwick making a number of fine saves, they were only able to add one more goal with Reading defender Maguire netting in the 59th minute.

Despite finishing the tournament with a win, GB head coach Danny Kerry was far from pleased with the performance and felt his side should have been celebrating a much greater margin of victory,

He said: "To be frank I'm disappointed today. Our skill execution was poor and we really should have put them to the sword. Yes we're missing a few influential players but it should have been a cricket score.

"I'm sure it seems strange that I spoke after the Germany game (GB lost 2-1 on Thursday) and was really pleased with how we'd played and today we've won and I'm disappointed.

"We were sloppy in our execution at the end of the first half and it just wasn't up to the required standard of execution and concentration. If we play like that against Argentina, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, China we'll be punished."

Great Britain now have a recovery week before returning to training for the final run-in to the Olympics.

The squad's centralised training programme will continue until the 16 athletes selected for the Games enter the Olympic village in the third week of July.