Great Britain sign off Investec London Cup with win over Ireland

5th/6th Place Playoff:
IRELAND 0-3
(HT: 0-2) GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain Goalscorer: Hannah Macleod 11, 15 (F, F) Emily Maguire 59 (PC)

Great Britain’s women rounded off their Investec London Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory in front of a spirited home crowd in Chiswick.  Two first half goals from Leicester’s Hannah Macleod, who turned 28 on Saturday, set GB on their way and Reading’s Emily Maguire added a third from a penalty corner in the second half to seal the win in Great Britain’s final competitive fixture before the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Great Britain's Emily Maguire (second from right) is congratulated after scoring for GB v Ireland. Credit Ady Kerry - GB Hockey

Great Britain's Emily Maguire (second from right) is congratulated after scoring for GB v Ireland. Credit Ady Kerry - GB Hockey

Before the match, there were celebrations for Macleod’s Leicester teammate Anne Panter, who made her 50th appearance in the colours of Great Britain, and for Reading’s former Glasgow Western midfielder Laura Bartlett, who made her 100th international appearance, combining her 43 GB caps with 57 for Scotland.  In the absence of Helen Richardson, who sat the match out with a hamstring injury, Reading goalkeeper Beth Storry captained Great Britain for the first time. Continue reading →