St Albans’ Ellie Watton marks international milestone with goal as GB held by Australia
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St Albans Hockey Club’s Ellie Watton marked her 50th international cap with a goal – and almost snatched the win in the dying seconds.
With the scores tied at 3-3 in Perth, Watton deflected a penalty corner into the roof of the net only to see it disallowed for a foul in the build-up.
She had better luck in the opening minute of the third quarter, slamming the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the circle.
That made it 2-1 to GB but despite the visitors taking the lead on three occasions, the Hockeyroos fought back each time.
In truth a draw was probably a fair outcome between two sides that have been hard to separate so far.
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After three games of this six-game series, both teams have won one each alongside this draw.
Crista Cullen had put Britain in front on seven minutes form a penalty corner only to see Gabrielle Nance equalise a minute later.
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Watton had the chance to double her tally moments after her goal but the Tangerines star was unable to make a proper connection.
And it proved costly when Karri McMahon netting with a penalty stroke on 37 minutes.
Despite the searing heat GB again caught their opponents cold at the start of the final 15 minutes.
A drive down the baseline and cut back was expertly finished by Helen Richardson-Walsh at the near post.
But once again Australia hit back and with just six minutes remaining Ashleigh Nelson touched home Grace Stewart’s pass from close range and it ended all square.
Fellow Tangerine Hannah Macleod was missing from the line-up, one of a number injured.
The fourth game of the series takes place on Thursday at 10am, GMT.