08:53PM, Sunday 01 August 2021
It was the end of the road for Team GB men’s hockey team as they lost 3-1 in the quarter-finals to India this afternoon (Sunday).
Marlow’s Sam Ward scored his fifth goal of the competition to give GB hope, but India deservedly booked their place in the final four.
Great Britain drew their final pool B match 2-2 with Belgium to set up their quarter-final tie with India, and much of Sunday’s game was well balanced.
But, in their first meeting at a Games since Sydney in 2000, India pounced on two sloppy defensive mistakes to take a two-goal lead and, try as they might, Great Britain weren’t able to claw their way back into it.
Danny Kerry’s side fell behind after only seven minutes when a sloppy error allowed Dilpreet Singh in to score.
Early in the second quarter Great Britain gave the ball away cheaply again and Gurjant Singh fired home on the turn from inside the D.
Ward pulled a goal back with seconds left in the third quarter, but Sreejesh produced several impressive saves to keep Britain at bay before Hardik Singh scored with three minutes to go to make the game safe.
Maidenhead Hockey Club coach David Ames also played in Sunday’s defeat.
Historically, India are the most successful team in Olympic hockey history, but the last of their eight goals came back in 1980. They’ll take on Belgium in the last four while Australia will face Germany for a place in the final.
The women’s team finished third in their pool after beating Ireland 2-0 in their last match before the knock-out rounds.
Great Britain’s second goal was made in Maidenhead, with former Claires Court School student Ellie Rayer firing in a low cross which Hannah Martin did brilliantly to turn home first time. It was the Maidenhead resident’s third goal of the Games.
Susannah Townsend also bagged her first goal as Britain bounced back from their narrow 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands.
The team, which also features Maidenhead residents Shona McCallin and Giselle Ansley, will face Spain in the quarterfinals tomorrow (Monday, 1pm UK time).