GB's water polo women slip to loss

03 August 2012 / 22:16

Great Britain went down to a third successive defeat in the women's water polo, losing 10-5 to Italy to finish bottom of group B.

Team GB let their physical opponents get away, losing each quarter by a narrow margin.

Italy were first on the scoresheet as the talismanic Tania di Maria converted a penalty.

Ciara Gibson-Byrne rattled the woodwork twice before slotting in at the near post from a man-up situation to level the scores and send the home crowd wild.

Italy converted a power-play to go ahead, however, Alex Rutlidge made the most of a Great Britain man-up to bring the score level at 2-2.

The Italians then netted twice to make it 4-2 after the first period. Both sides missed extra-man opportunities in the second quarter, before Simona Abbate and Di Maria extended Italy's lead to four.

Francesca Painter-Snell scored a counter-attack goal to take the score to 6-3 at half-time.

Italy again scored two unanswered goals early in the third quarter to extend their lead to five as Painter-Snell rattled the woodwork again for Team GB. Gibson-Byrne got her second of the match with a powerful shot right at the end of the third to make it 8-4, but Abbate was then first to score in the fourth period to restore Italy's five-goal lead.

Team GB called a time-out after a major foul from the Italians, but the hosts wasted the opportunity to peg them back, shooting over the crossbar.

Italy stretched their lead into double figures before Chloe Wilcox scored a penalty in the last minute to ensure a 10-5 finish. Italy drivers Di Maria and Giulia Enrica Emmoldo both netted hat-tricks, while Abbate and Teresa Frassinetti scored braces.