Lee upset by South Korea's late winner

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Britain's coach, Jason Lee, was pleased with the way his squad played in Athens yesterday as South Korea eventually beat Britain 3-2 in their second Pool game, but disappointed with the result. "I thought we had done enough to earn a draw. We just missed a couple of chances and they took a couple of theirs."

Britain's coach, Jason Lee, was pleased with the way his squad played in Athens yesterday as South Korea eventually beat Britain 3-2 in their second Pool game, but disappointed with the result. "I thought we had done enough to earn a draw. We just missed a couple of chances and they took a couple of theirs."

Britain twice came from behind against the exciting South Koreans - who took the silver medal in the Sydney Games - only to concede the winner three minutes from time. The South Koreans, although dominating most of the early exchanges, could well have been in arrears after a couple of minutes if Danny Hall had steadied himself in front of goal. As it was, the Asian champions opened the scoring in the 15th minute. After a midfield error, Jung Seon Lee shrugged off the attention of Brett Garrard and Tom Bertram to slot the ball past Simon Mason.

Ten minutes into the second half, Britain were on level terms. A free hit from just outside the circle by Jimmy Wallis deflected upwards off a defending stick and Hall volleyed home. Within a couple of minutes South Korea were ahead again as a free hit near the British circle was deflected through Mason's legs by Woon Kong Yeo. Within five minutes, Britain equalised again. A powerful run from Ben Hawes out of defence ended with Niall Stott tapping in his first Olympic goal. Lee scored the winner when Mason, after a string of fine saves, got a stick to a penalty corner shot, but could not prevent the ball entering the net.

The game ended with South Korea successfully defending two penalty corners in overtime. Although South Korea dominated long periods of the game, Britain showed that if they play with the commitment and courage they showed in this game, they will trouble every team in the tournament.

Britain go into tomorrow's game against Spain, who drew 1-1 against South Korea, with confidence and will hopefully have Graham Dunlop available again after his ankle injury.

Great Britain: Mason; Bertram, Garrard (Capt); Hawes, Moodie, Parnham; Pearn, Fordham; Middleton, Hall, Moore. Substitutes used: Stott, Wallis, Johnson.

South Korea: Ko; Y Kim (capt); K Kim, Jang, Lim; Kang, Yeo, You; Song, Lee; Seo. Substitutes used: Kim, Han, Jeon.

Umpires: P Teixeira (Por) & J Wright (RSA).

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