Hockey: S Korea strike back

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SOUTH KOREA yesterday took revenge for their defeat by Britain in the bronze-medal match at the Barcelona Olympics. The Koreans included eight of their Olympic squad, against Britain's three, for this NCM Women's Champions Trophy game and their experience showed in their attacking hockey.

Playing with precision, the Koreans scored in the 13th minute when a desperate Sue Fraser could only throw herself in the path of Jang Dong Sook. Lee Ji Young converted the consequent penalty stroke.

Although Britain defended with courage, and the 21-year-old goalkeeper Hilary Rose made a series of outstanding saves, the Koreans soon increased the lead. Alison Swindlehurst conceded possession on half-way and Ro Young Mi shot past Rose.

Eleven minutes into the second half the Koreans went further ahead through Lee Kui Joo. But Kath Johnson, Chris Cook and Rose then held firm in defence and Britain managed to pull a goal back.

Awarded a free hit on the edge of the circle, Fraser's shot was deflected home by Sally Gibson for her first international goal.

Britain's manager, Jenny Cardwell, described Rose's performance as a 'stormer' but was full of admiration for the Koreans' application, saying: 'They were playing like octopuses.'

GREAT BRITAIN: H Rose (Ipswich); J Atkins (Bradford, capt); S Fraser (Glasgow Western), K Johnson (Leicester), C Cook (Hightown); P Robertson (Edinburgh), M Davies (Sutton Coldfield), S Wright (Slough), G Messenger (Edinburgh); J Smith (Chelmsford), S MacDonald (Glasgow Western). Substitutes used: S Gibson (Trojans), L Youngs (Ipswich), A Swindlehurst (Clifton).

SOUTH KOREA: You Jae Sook; Cho Eun Jung; Lee Eun Young, Lee Seon Young, Ro Min Ha; Lee Ji Young; Kim Myung Ok, Lee Kui Joo; Jang Dong Sook, Lee Eun Kyung, Ro Young Mi (capt). Substitutes used: Jin Deok San, Kwon Soo Hyun, Lee Soon Mi.

Umpires: P Buckley (Aus), E Rutten (Neth).

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