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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Euro 2012: GB go Down Fighting Against Cyprus

GREAT Britain Men went down to Cyprus in their opening Euro 2012 clash, losing 16-24 despite dominating the match for long periods.

GB competed for most of the game, but suffered a period midway through the second half where they failed to score for 13 minutes, while Cyprus netted five times to consolidate what had previously been a fragile lead.

Two goals in the opening two minutes from left winger Mark Hawkins gave GB an emphatic start which they continued into the match. Steven Larsson found his shooting arm from the top of the circle, the right back finishing as GB’s top-scorer with four goals.

But the real reason behind GB’s 9-7 lead at the break was the form of goalkeeper Jesper Parker, who made several instinctive saves to keep Cyprus at bay.

“We’re obviously disappointed, as we played well in the first half and thought we could’ve gone on to win it,” said captain Ciaran Williams, pictured. “But we need to learn how to see a game out and finish the job off.

“Our defence was good and to keep Cyprus to seven goals in the first half was great. But there were too many errors in attack and technical faults.

“But this is a tournament, and we’ve got two more games to go and we’re still in the hunt for our first competitive victory.”

Some pictures from GB v Cyprus are available to view here

Many more pictures will be added tomorrow.

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