After scoring the opening goal, GB Deaf slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Germany in the European Championships in Bulgaria.
From the moment the ball was kicked off, GB imposed our presence and immediately started creating scoring chances, Newman, Malin and Evans putting in good work. At the other end, there were a few heart-stopping moments as the Germans created a few efforts of their own, one of which Waters made an excellent stop, only for the ball to bounce off her but the rebound was hit over the bar.
The opening goal of the match arrived in the 16th minute when a great ball was played through the middle towards Evans, who was on the half way line. She flicked the ball over, leaving the German defence flat-footed, letting Malin through to finish.
Not unexpectedly, the Germans then stepped up their attacking endeavour in an attempt to get back into the game. They were held at bay by solid defending but Gemma Sanders was booked for one challenge and from the resulting free kick the ball was chipped closely over the bar.
Soon after, Germany was awarded a soft penalty which was converted to level the score, while Evans was denied a spot-kick at the other end. To make things worse, just before the half-time whistle blew, there was a goalmouth scramble leading to the Germans going 2-1 up.
Half time arrived, and on the way to the tunnel the referee was given an ear-bashing by the local Bulgarians for her performance. Chris Gwynn gave his usual half time pep talk, instructing the girls to forget about the referee and to get on with the game.
On the hour mark, the GB defenders were caught out when the ball was put through the back four and found it way to the back of the net, making it 3-1.
Pushing up in an effort to pull one back, the defence then was caught out by a very high through ball, leaving a forward one-on-one with Waters to loop the ball home for a final score of 4-1.
GB’s player of the match award went to April Malin, who played well considering it was her first international tournament and held her own well against the tough, experienced German defence.
Greece are GB’s last opponents on Saturday but it has already been a good learning experienced for the new players in the squad, as they look toward the 2012 World Championships in Turkey.
GB Deaf: Carly Waters, Susanna Kenward, Gemma Sanders, Susan McKeown, Victoria Wenman, Mandy Tobin, Laura Wiseman, Sarah Page, Jodie Newman, Danielle Evans, April Malin.
Subs: Jessica Pert, Claire Stancliffe, Emma Brown, Lisa Nepean.
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